Foreign ministers from the G8 nations are gathering in Berlin to decide the agenda for next week’s summit. The nuclear standoff with Iran and the conflict in Sudan will certainly feature. The foreign ministers will try to build a consensus on international issues ahead of the G8-proper in the German Baltic resort of Heilingendam.
Other certain topics of discussion will be the situation in the Middle East and the problems of climate change. Relations between Germany and the United States are said to be cooling rapidly as they fundamentally disagree on how to tackle it.
Afghanistan and Pakistan will also hold G8-supervised talks on the sidelines of the main meeting to discuss ways to stop Taliban fighters going back and forth across the border while attacking NATO forces. Concerning Sudan, yesterday’s announcement of more US sanctions will put pressure on its G8 partners to follow suit. The French are also proposing an aid corridor to Darfur from Chad.