Photos28.11.2014 South Africa: Gateway to the African continent Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier held talks in Pretoria and Johannesburg from 19 to 21 November. His trip was prompted by the plenary session of the German-South African Binational Commission, which meets every two years. Steinmeier discussed the deepening of political, economic and cultural relations between Germany and South Africa with representatives of South Africa’s Government, opposition and civil society.
German Government gives go-ahead for training mission in northern Iraq In view of the continuing violence by the Islamist terrorist militia group ISIS, the German Government has given the go-ahead for a training mission in northern Iraq. Foreign Minister Steinmeier and Defence Minister von der Leyen gave a joint press conference after the cabinet meeting.