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EU diplomacy is the joint foreign and security policy of its member states. It is designed to resolve conflicts and foster international understanding, is based on diplomacy and respect of international rules. Trade, humanitarian assistance, and development cooperation are also important concerns of the EU’s foreign involvement. EU diplomacy seeks to:

maintain peace and strengthen international security;
encourage international cooperation
strengthen and reinforce democracy, the rule of law, and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms

The EU maintains partnerships with the world’s key players, including emerging powers and regional groups. It seeks to ensure that these relationships are based on mutual interests and benefits.
In foreign policy, the EU’s decision-making body is the European Council, which comprises EU country heads of state and governments. Most foreign and security policy decisions require the approval of all EU countries.

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