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Mogherini meets Kishida

23 January 2015

On 19 January Federica Mogherini received Japan’s Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida for talks on EU-Japan relations as well as the international situation. The two ministers reviewed progress on the political and trade talks between the EU and Japan. It is hoped that they may be completed during 2015. On the international discussion the focus was on the Middle East and Ukraine.

Kishida then spoke at a public event on EU-Japan relations. He explained with specific examples that for 70 years since the war, Japan has acted with Europe to uphold and strengthen values and the systems that realize these values, and has contributed to world peace and prosperity. He emphasized that based on the \"trust\" and track record generated in that process, the Abe Administration has significantly advanced the relationship between Japan and Europe, as powerful partners in \"diplomacy that takes a panoramic perspective of the world map.\" 

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Rajapaksa defeated in Sri Lanka

16 January 2015

Maithripala Sirisena was the surprise winner of the 8 January presidential elections in Sri Lanka, defeating Mahinda Rajapaksa, the incumbent seeking a third term in office. In a high turnout of over 70% Sirisena won 51% of the vote to 48% for the sitting president.

When he called the election last November it was widely assumed that Rajakpaksa would breeze past a divided opposition and win an unprecedented third term. In power since 2005, Rajakpaksa was a ruthless leader who crushed the Tamil separatists to end Sri Lanka\'s 26-year-old civil war in a very controversial way. Since the end of the war the economy has gradually recovered but the president was criticized for the persecution of political rivals and journalists. There was some concern that he might engineer a coup to stay in office but without the support of the army he decided against such a move

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