Search
Contact GIC   Home   Sitemap
 
 
German Information Centre
Newsletter  
News on Germany & South Asia

Subscribe
Follow us on Facebook  
Videos  
German women's football: science-based training

German women's football: science-based training
................................

Textile makers Reinhard Backhausen

................................
Resources  Resources

................................

................................

Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety
................................

The international magazine of the Federal Republic of Germany
................................



Germany's international media organisation
................................



Information and insights on modern life in Germany
................................



The virtual international calling card for the Federal Republic of Germany
................................



Online site of the Land of Ideas initiative
................................


News from European Union and South Asia

................................

Media in Germany
Media - Deutschland Portal

European Journalism Centre

Indo-German Chamber of Commerce
 
G8 Foreign Ministers discuss Afghanistan, North Korea in Kyoto

June 30, 2008

Over two days from 26 - 27 June 2008, the Foreign Ministers of the eight major industrial nations (US, Russia, UK, France, Italy, Canada, Germany and Japan) discussed current international issues. Support for Afghanistan as well as for North Korea were main issues at the meeting. The Foreign Ministers also prepared the foreign-policy agenda for the forthcoming G8 Summit of Heads of State and Government from 7th July in Hokkaido.

Cross-border cooperation between Afghanistan and Pakistan

The main issue at the meeting was Afghanistan and relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan. As G8 Presidency last year, Germany launched an initiative to give fresh impetus to cross-border cooperation between the two countries. A successful relationship between Pakistan and Afghanistan is crucial for security and stability in the region.

Only by acting together can the two countries successfully combat terrorism in the almost inaccessible mountainous border regions. It is also hoped that thriving Pakistan-Afghan economic exchange and trade will create jobs and bring prosperity on both sides of the border. Since the G8 Foreign Ministers Meeting in Potsdam in May 2007, the G8 countries have initiated more than 160 projects on border management, the return of refugees, economic promotion in the border regions and the development of civil-society contacts.

Non-proliferation of nuclear weapons

In addition, Japan in particular also focused on North Korea. The G8 has long been committed to the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons. This is also a subject which Japan has been intensively pursuing for many years.

Other focal points in the discussions were Iran, Myanmar, Zimbabwe and the situation in the Middle East. In this connection Federal Foreign Minister Steinmeier reported on the successful Conference in Support of Palestinian Civil Security and the Rule of Law held in Berlin on 24 June.

The Foreign Ministers also drew up the foreign-policy agenda for the forthcoming G8 Summit of Heads of State and Government, which is to be held in Hokkaido from 7 to 9 July.



© www.diplo.de
back  Back   Share | Print story | Email story