Foreign Minister Maas travelled to Canada on Saturday (21 April) to take part in the G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting. The meeting will focus on the search for diplomatic solutions to the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine. However, as is always the case when representatives of the G7 come together, there are many other issues on the programme. The Foreign Ministers will discuss, among other things, the situation on the Korean Peninsula, the crises in Myanmar and Venezuela, migration, disarmament and women’s rights.
Diplomatic initiative for Syria
Foreign Minister Maas has already had intensive consultations with his European counterparts during the last week in an effort to find ways of moving closer to a political solution to the conflict in Syria. This can only be achieved through an international initiative. This G7 meeting is thus an important opportunity to develop a common approach towards a diplomatic solution. Foreign Minister Maas has stressed time and again that this has to include a dialogue with Russia.
Calling on Russia to make constructive contributions
Another key issue to be discussed at the meeting in Toronto will be how the international community should react to Russian foreign policy . Whether it be Syria or Ukraine: Germany is advocating that it be made very clear to Russia that it has to make constructive contributions. At the same time, Germany remains prepared to engage in a goal-driven dialogue with Russia. “Whether we like it or not, many conflicts cannot be resolved without Russia,” Foreign Minister Maas said.