Syria and the crisis on the Korean peninsula are set to dominate the G8 meeting of foreign ministers in London.
British Foreign Minister William Hague greeted representatives from the US, France, Russia, Germany, Canada, Italy, Japan and the EU.
The Japanese will be looking for a strong statement of support on Korea. US Secretary of State John Kerry met with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov ahead of the talks and Lavrov said: “There is no disagreement with the US on Korea”.
As for Syria Washington has sanctioned non-lethal aid for the Syrian rebels, while Russia remains steadfast in its opposition to any outside interference in the affairs of Damascus.
Kerry’s office indicated that he will attend the Friends of Syria meeting scheduled for April 20 in Istanbul.