Foreign Minister Heiko Maas met his Canadian counterpart Chrystia Freeland at the Federal Foreign Office on Tuesday (17 April). Canada will host the G7 Summit in 2018. Before the Heads of State and Government meet in Quebec in June, the Foreign Ministers of the G7 countries will convene in Toronto this weekend. The agenda will include the most pressing international problems, with the focus on the search for political solutions to the conflict in Syria.
Seeking dialogue with Russia
Therefore, Maas and Freeland did not only speak about German-Canadian relations on Tuesday, but also discussed in depth how a diplomatic initiative can be furthered in order to end the suffering in Syria. “There is consensus between us that a political process must now finally get off the ground,” Maas said after the talks. He added that Germany wanted to do its utmost in this context and also to seek dialogue with Russia.
Focus was also on the Ukraine conflict
The G7 Foreign Ministers will also seek solutions to the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine at their meeting. Since the start of the crisis, Germany has been working hard to foster mediation between the parties to the conflict. Maas underlined that the Minsk Agreement needed to be implemented in full by all those involved. He said that a peace mission under the auspices of the United Nations could be an important step as regards furthering détente.