Following a telephone conference of the Foreign Ministers of the Ministerial Coordination Group on COVID-19, Minister of State Niels Annen issued the following statement today (18 April):
As we tackle this crisis, it is vital that we now focus attention on restoring essential supply chains and air links. The only way to achieve this is by engaging in international cooperation as well as helping to ensure that urgently needed goods are delivered and the economy picks up again.
The Ministerial Coordination Group on COVID-19, which was established on the basis of an initiative put forward by Canada, holds consultations every two weeks on concrete steps aimed at tackling the impact of the pandemic, in particular with regard to maintaining international air and trade links. Alongside Canada and Germany, the Foreign Ministers – or their representatives – of Australia, Brazil, France, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, Morocco, Peru, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey and the UK took part in the discussion. At yesterday’s talks, during which Foreign Minister Heiko Maas was represented by Minister of State Niels Annen, the declaration below was adopted.