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It is noted that 2016 was "a year of constant work to support reforms, growth, peace, and stability at the Union’s eastern borders."

"First and foremost in Ukraine, with a great common effort to reform the country, fight corruption, and of course to get to the full implementation of the Minsk agreements, ending the conflict in the country’s east," the statement reads.

"With Ukraine and Georgia we took important steps towards visa liberalisation," Mogherini wrote.

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Besides Ukraine, Mogherini’s priorities for 2017 include a global strategy of the EU foreign policy; migration issues and cooperation with Africa; response to terrorism and the work for the future of Syria; security and defense in Europe; partnership with Columbia; Israel-Palestine relations; implementation of the Iran deal; the movement of Balkan states toward the EU; the renewal of cooperation with Cuba; close cooperation with the US; and the peace process in Afghanistan.