The German Bundestag decided today to extend Germany’s military contribution to the fight against IS in Iraq and Syria. Germany is supporting the Iraqi Government in its fight against IS and is helping to stabilise liberated areas.
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.
For the first time in months, the two foreign ministers met again in person today. There was plenty to discuss – the impact of the COVID‑19 pandemic, relations between Turkey and the EU, and the situation in Syria and Libya.
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.
More than 11 million people in Syria are severely in need of humanitarian assistance, as are nearly 6 million Syrian refugees living in neighbouring countries. The situation has worsened due to COVID‑19.