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All isn’t over: Berlin urges Syria talks around ‘one table’ in Geneva
Dec12

All isn’t over: Berlin urges Syria talks around ‘one table’ in Geneva

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel has warned all is not over yet in Syria despite various declarations of victory and peace and called for immediate UN-sponsored talks involving various players “around one table in Geneva.” “No matter how much we wish there were peace after the long years of violence and conflict, the Syria crisis is not yet over. The ongoing fighting continues to affect many people with unrelenting...

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Syria ceasefire hinges on genuine dialogue: Steinmeier
Feb27

Syria ceasefire hinges on genuine dialogue: Steinmeier

The future of the ceasefire in Syria hinges on a genuine dialogue advancing the political process in the war-ravaged country, German Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier warned [27 February 2016]. Speaking to Welt on Sonntag newspaper on 27 February, Steinmeier said, “Thousands of Syrians were still sceptical when they emerged from the protection of the bunkers and ruins last night. For the first time in many years, they...

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Baghdad market attack condemned by Germany
Aug14

Baghdad market attack condemned by Germany

Germany’s Federal Foreign Office in Berlin condemned the terrorist attack in Baghdad 13 August 2015 which so far [14 August 2015] has claimed more than 60 lives. A Federal Foreign Office spokesperson, who wasn’t named, in a statement said: “I condemn this cowardly act of terrorism in the strongest possible terms. Our thoughts are with the families of the victims and the many innocent people who were injured....

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Saudi Arabia borrows more as fiscal, security problems multiply
Aug07

Saudi Arabia borrows more as fiscal, security problems multiply

Saudi Arabia is borrowing more from international markets to meet fiscal shortfalls caused by the halving of the crude oil price, additional unbudgeted expenses prosecuting the war on Yemen and enhanced security needs. In July the kingdom issued its first sovereign bonds since 2007 to raise about $4 billion from local banks. It’s also been dipping into sovereign fund reserves and now plans to raise another $27 billion, a figure...

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Need for global action on right to privacy: Steinmeier
Mar27

Need for global action on right to privacy: Steinmeier

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Minister called for concerted global action on the international right to privacy after the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva voted (26 March 2015) to create a mandate for a UN Special Rapporteur on citizens’ right to privacy. In a statement issued in Berlin (27 March 2015) Steinmeier said he was “delighted” over the new mandate, something that Germany had been working with...

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