Friday, 17 February 2017 10:46

G20 Foreign Ministers Discuss Development and Peacekeeping

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Bonn, Germany, Feb 17 (Prensa Latina) G20 Foreign Ministers Meeting will end today after two days of sessions which focused on sustainable development and global conflicts.

According to German Foreign Minister and Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel, on Friday participants at the event will examine the situation in Syria, given that on February 23 peace talks for that Arab nation will be resumed in Geneva, Switzerland.

'We will talk in a small circle in Syria to analyze and discuss possible solutions to the conflict,' the official said.

The plenary session will be devoted to various issues related to peacekeeping in the world and conflict prevention.

During the opening day, several bilateral informal meetings took place outside the official agenda, among those contacts a meeting held by the new US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stood out.

The participants of the forum addressed yesterday the implementation of the sustainable development objectives for 2030, as approved by the United Nations (UN).

In 2016, G20 approved an action plan to complete Agenda 2030; however, it is imperative that each member incorporates these principles into their development strategies and that the issue holds its supremacy in G20, said China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

'In addition, the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities must be upheld and relevant parties must take the lead in implementing Paris Agreement on climate change,' he added.

On international conflict situations, German Minister Sigmar Gabriel stressed his country's concerns about the increased tensions between Israel and Palestine at a press conference.

'We are concerned that unrestricted settlement construction (Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory) makes it impossible to implement a two-state solution and could increase the risk of a conflict, including a possible war,' he said.

And at the same time, US position is 'confusing and worrying,' French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said after a dialogue with US Secretary of State.

This ministerial meeting will conclude without final declaration and will be part of the preparations for the summit of G20 Heads of State and Government on July 7 and 8 in the German city of Hamburg.

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