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28 July 2015, Rome - On July 27, the EU naval operation against human smugglers and traffickers in the Mediterranean called EUNAVFOR Med reached Full Operational Capability (FOC), following last month's decision by the Council to launch the operation.
Naval and air assets have been deployed and logistically supported in the Area of Operation and the Headquarters manned with Command and control activated.
27 July 2015, Brussels - Christos Stylianides, EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, travelled to Iraq's Kurdistan region this weekend, meeting key government officials and humanitarian partners. The Commissioner's visit is the second to Iraq this year as the humanitarian situation is proving to be one of the most rapidly escalating crises in the world.
29 July 2015, Brussels - Two weeks after the Iranian nuclear deal in Vienna, the HR/VP Mogherini was in Tehran with a team of EU officials to stress the need to start the implementation of the agreement as soon possible. The High Representative met with Iranian President Rouhani, Foreign Minister Zarif and Speaker of the Iranian Parliament Larijani. After the meeting, President Rouhani tweeted that the Iran deal "gave the world new hope re diplomacy's role in resolving international problems".