In the past few years, the importance of the Indo-Pacific region in both economic and political terms has increased markedly. The German Government is now setting out the course for its future policy on the countries of the Region.
It is six months since the two Foreign Ministers were last able to meet in person. Much has changed since then, and there is a lot that needs to be discussed. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas today met his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Berlin.
The conflict in Syria has been raging for ten years. Germany is campaigning for the criminal investigation and the international and national prosecution of war crimes.
Germany holds the UN Security Council Presidency in July. In addition to addressing ongoing crises in Syria, Yemen and Libya, Germany will set its own priorities for its Presidency: global health, climate and security, human rights and sexual violence in conflicts will be focal points.
Promoting freedom of religion and belief around the world is an important part of the Federal Government’s human rights policy.
An exhibition featuring photographs from the photography competition on the topic of human rights is currently on show in the Atrium at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin.