MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The deal was approved by 417 votes with 66 abstentions.
"This agreement will help our African partner states to reduce poverty and can also facilitate their smooth and gradual integration into the world economy. There are also many safeguards in the deal to ensure that local people truly benefit from this cooperation. The language on human rights and sustainable development is one of the strongest that you will find in any EU agreement," member and rapporteur of EU parliament Alexander Graf Lambsdorff was quoted as saying in the statement.
The agreement also contains a list of trade-related areas that could potentially profit from EU cooperation but not yet included.
The agreement will come into force after formal approval by the Council of the European Union and ratification of the text by the parliaments of the six African states.