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Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier invited his counterparts from the states of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to a conference in Berlin on March 2nd. The discussions focused on global issues such as climate change and renewable energies, but also the reform of the United Nations (UN).

Foreign Minister Steinmeier welcomed seven colleagues to the Foreign Office on Monday (March 2nd): The foreign ministers of Guyana, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis attended a conference of the states of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in Berlin , St. Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago and from the Bahamas. The tourism and economics ministers of Antigua and Barbuda and the ambassadors from Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Haiti and Suriname also took part in the conference at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Steinmeier stated at the beginning of the conference that he was pleased that numerous colleagues from the Caribbean had accepted his invitation to Berlin. Together they discussed how the good relations between Germany and the Caribbean community CARICOM could be further developed.

Common values ​​and beliefs

The Foreign Minister added that Germany and the Caribbean countries share many common convictions:

We don't just share the same values. We also share our efforts to master the challenges that concern us equally around the world as responsible members of the international community.

The focus of the exchange in Berlin was on key global issues such as climate change and a safe and clean energy supply for the future. The CARICOM states and Germany intend to work even more closely together in the United Nations and other international bodies on these and other global issues.

Dialogue on current international issues

Steinmeier went on to say that he and his counterparts had also maintained a political dialogue on current international issues, including developments in Latin America and the Caribbean and the reorganization of relations between the USA and Cuba. On the other hand, there was great interest on the part of the Caribbean partners in discussing the German and European commitment to crisis management in the European neighborhood. In the future, the German Foreign Minister said they wanted to meet at regular intervals for political consultations.

Exchange with business associations

In conclusion, Steinmeier stated that the guests from the Caribbean would also use their stay in Germany to hold intensive talks with German entrepreneurs in Berlin and Hamburg. This shows "that our relations not only have a political dimension, but are also based on a strong pillar of economic cooperation, which we owe to many committed entrepreneurs and business associations."

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