New York

7 November 2012

Readout of the Secretary-General’s meeting with H.E. Mr. Guido Westerwelle, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Germany

This morning, the Secretary-General met the Foreign Minister of Germany, Mr. Guido Westerwelle.  Their discussions focussed on Mali and Syria.

Regarding Mali, they both stressed the importance of redoubling efforts to find a political solution to the problems in the north of the country.   On Syria, the Secretary-General stressed the dire humanitarian consequences resulting from the continued heavy fighting in the country, but thanked Germany for its generous contribution to humanitarian activities inside Syria and in the neighbouring countries.