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Foreign Minister Maas on his trip to the United Nations in New York

Will also attend Security Council meetings on the conflicts in Libya and Syria

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas issued the following statement today on his trip to the United Nations in New York: "All too often, the United Nations Security Council is blocked on key issues because its members fail to agree on a joint position. This unfortunately also holds true for the major crises and…

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Shining a spotlight on South Sudanese film: the Juba Film Festival

The fourth Juba Film Festival was held in the capital of South Sudan

A film festival in a country without cinemas: in December, the fourth Juba Film Festival was held in the capital of South Sudan. It provides a platform for young local filmmakers. The festival received funding from the Federal Foreign Office. Screening venues: residential neighbourhoods South Sudan gained independence from Sudan only in 2011,…

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Locust infestation in East Africa: Germany supporting emergency measures

Germany has made available two million euros for emergency aid to help tackle this infestation

The worst locust infestation in decades is currently destroying crops and pastureland in the Horn of Africa. There is a risk of famine in the region. Germany has made available two million euros for emergency aid to help tackle this infestation. Worst locust infestation in decades Swarms of desert locusts…

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New top EU diplomat: Josep Borrell pays his first official visit to Berlin

Maas and Borrell discussed what form the next steps towards a political process in Libya could take – and how the EU could continue to be involved

The EU has a new High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy: Josep Borrell. On 1 December he took up his post as Federica Mogherini’s successor. Today, Foreign Minister Maas met him at Villa Borsig on Lake Tegel on his first official visit to Berlin. Topics on the agenda: Libya,…

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Intensifying cooperation on Libya – Maas visits Algiers and Tunis

What still needs to be done is to involve Libya’s neighbours and regional partners

Following the Berlin Libya Conference, the priority now is to implement the decisions adopted there. To achieve this, it is important to involve Libya’s neighbouring countries and the region. That is why Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is travelling to Algeria and Tunisia. It is less than a week since the Berlin…

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Foreign Minister Maas before his flight to Algiers and Tunis

In Berlin we succeeded in persuading the crucial players to cease their support for the proxy war in Libya

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas issued the following statement today before flying to Algiers and Tunis: "In Berlin we succeeded in persuading the crucial players to cease their support for the proxy war in Libya, thereby removing a significant obstacle on the path towards a political process. Nonetheless, many more obstacles…

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Berlin Conference on Libya

A conference of Heads of State and Government is now to be held in Berlin

By means of the Berlin Process, Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel and Foreign Minister Heiko Maas seek to support the peace efforts of the UN Special Representative to bring about an end to the conflict in Libya. A conference of Heads of State and Government is now to be held in…

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Fifty years after the Biafra War, a turning point for humanitarian assistance

The Federal Foreign Office supports a large number of humanitarian aid projects

The Biafra War (1967-1970) in Nigeria led to a humanitarian crisis and the world’s largest civilian airlift. As a result, groundbreaking reforms were launched in humanitarian assistance. The Biafra War in the public eye In 1968, the world saw pictures of starving children in Biafra. These images shone a spotlight on a conflict, the Biafra…

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Maintaining stability in the region: Foreign Minister Maas in Egypt

Egypt plays a central role in all regional issues. That is why it is an important partner for Germany in North Africa

Foreign-policy engagement in the region With a population of more than 100 million, Egypt is as big as all the other North African countries together. Whether in the context of the Middle East peace process, the conflicts in Syria and neighbouring Lebanon or the upheaval in Sudan, Egypt is an important…

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Statement by Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on the signing of a peace agreement in Mozambique

For 15 years, a bloody civil war raged in Mozambique the impacts of which continue to be felt by the people in the country to this day

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas issued the following statement (6 August) on the signing of a peace agreement in Mozambique: "I am most delighted that the government and opposition in Mozambique have succeeded in signing a peace agreement today. For 15 years, a bloody civil war raged in Mozambique the impacts of which…