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The President of the European Council Charles Michel said, “the European Union is defending the rules-based international order and cooperation based on universal values. The European Union wants to be stronger, more autonomous, and firmer, to defend a fairer world.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 25 SEPTEMBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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FILE – RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1.Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

25 SEPTEMBER 2020, NEW YORK

2.Wide shot, General Assembly
3.SOUNDBITE (French) Charles Michel, President of the European Council:
“More than ever, the European Union is defending the rules-based international order and cooperation based on universal values. The European Union wants to be stronger, more autonomous, and firmer, to defend a fairer world. And it is in this spirit that we lead the implementation of the Paris Agreements. And that we have already integrated the objectives of the 2030 Agenda into our system of economic governance.”
4.Wide shot, General Assembly
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Charles Michel, President of the European Council:
“We are deeply connected with the United States. We share ideals, values and a mutual affection that have been strengthened through the trials of history. They remain embodied today in a vital transatlantic alliance. This does not prevent us from occasionally having divergent approaches or interests. We do not share the values on which the political and economic system in China is based. And we will not stop promoting respect for universal human rights. Including those of minorities such as the Uighurs. Or in Hong Kong, where international commitments guaranteeing the rule of law and democracy are being questioned. China is a crucial partner in addressing common challenges, such as global warming, Covid-19 or debt relief in Africa. And China is also an important trade partner. Yet we are determined to rebalance this relationship towards greater reciprocity and fairer competition.”
6.Wide shot, General Assembly
7. SOUNDBITE (French) Charles Michel, President of the European Council:
“The Iran Nuclear Deal remains key for global non-proliferation and regional security. It is therefore essential to preserve the JCPOA and for all parties to fully implement it. The agreement endorsed by UN Security Council Resolution 2231 remains in place and for us there is no doubt that the sanctions lifting commitments under the agreement continue to apply. While we strongly support the preservation of the Iran deal, we continue to firmly address other concerns, such as the domestic and the regional situation.”
8.Wide shot, General Assembly

STORYLINE:

The President of the European Council Charles Michel said, “the European Union is defending the rules-based international order and cooperation based on universal values. The European Union wants to be stronger, more autonomous, and firmer, to defend a fairer world.”

Unlike previous years, the 75th gathering of world leaders at the United Nations in New York is happening exclusively online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The prerecorded video messages of Heads of State and Government are played at the GA Hall with only the countries’ UN ambassadors physically present.

In his video message, Michel stated European Union’s position on the United States and China relation. He said, “we are deeply connected with the United States. We share ideals, values and a mutual affection that have been strengthened through the trials of history. They remain embodied today in a vital transatlantic alliance. This does not prevent us from occasionally having divergent approaches or interests.”

The President of the European Council continued, “we do not share the values on which the political and economic system in China is based. And we will not stop promoting respect for universal human rights. Including those of minorities such as the Uighurs. Or in Hong Kong, where international commitments guaranteeing the rule of law and democracy are being questioned.”

Michel added, “China is a crucial partner in addressing common challenges, such as global warming, Covid-19 or debt relief in Africa. And China is also an important trade partner. Yet we are determined to rebalance this relationship towards greater reciprocity and fairer competition.”

On Iran, Michel said, “the Iran Nuclear Deal remains key for global non-proliferation and regional security. It is therefore essential to preserve the JCPOA and for all parties to fully implement it.”

He continued, “the agreement endorsed by UN Security Council Resolution 2231 remains in place and for us there is no doubt that the sanctions lifting commitments under the agreement continue to apply.”

Michel stated, “while we strongly support the preservation of the Iran deal, we continue to firmly address other concerns, such as the domestic and the regional situation.”
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