World leaders, including US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, have discussed efforts to end Syria’s civil war. The conversations took place on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Bonn and come before next week’s Syria talks in Geneva.
Sigmar Gabriel has applauded the "active [role]" taken by his US counterpart, Rex Tillerson, at a G20 ministers meeting. The German foreign minister also took the opportunity to discuss European defense spending.
A joint US-Russia stabilization effort in Syria, including no-fly zones, has been floated by the US secretary of state. Rex Tillerson's call precedes talks expected at the G20 in Hamburg between US and Russian leaders.
Top diplomats from around the globe took measure of new US Secretary of State Tillerson on his first major international trip. Paris said it was worried by a US step back for a two-state solution in the Middle East.
G7 Foreign Ministers have agreed to pursue a peaceful resolution to the war in Syria but added that President Assad must be removed from power. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is now due hold crunch talks in Moscow.
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