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G20 foreign ministers come together for second day

Friday, February 17, 2017 - 01:07

Foreign ministers hold a round table working session and several bilateral meeetings at the G20 conference in Bonn. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Foreign ministers kicked off the second day of the G20 meeting in Bonn on Friday (February 17) with a round table working session. On the agenda of the ministers representing the world's major economies were conflict prevention and peace building measures, according to the official programme. The foreign ministers of Russia and Italy met for talks on the sidelines of the conference, one month after Rome said world leaders should consider reopening the G7 to Russia. Sergei Lavrov and Angelino Alfano were heard speaking to each other in English as they sat down for their bilateral meeting. Looking to pave the way for good Italian relations with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, Alfano said last month that the world would welcome warmer relations between Washington and Moscow. At the time, he also signalled that Rome was open to revising NATO's global role. Russia used to be part of the so-called Group of Eight (G8) meetings until it was suspended in 2014 after it annexed Ukraine's Crimea peninsula following a popular uprising in Kiev that toppled its pro-Moscow president. Also Friday, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault met his Mexican counterpart and the U.N. Secretary General on the G20 sidelines The final day of the Bonn conference will end with a news conference by Germany's newly appointed foreign minister, Sigmar Gabriel.

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G20 foreign ministers come together for second day

Friday, February 17, 2017 - 01:07