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Germany: Closing Europe’s internal borders is not a solution - FM Steinmeier02:52

Germany: Closing Europe’s internal borders is not a solution - FM Steinmeier

Germany, Berlin
January 19, 2016 at 02:47 GMT +00:00 · Published

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier rejected the idea of closing Europe's internal borders as a solution to the refugee crisis, during a press conference in Berlin on Tuesday. "Closing the borders will not be a solution to the problem," he said, referring to the suspension of the Schengen Agreement by Austria.

Steinmeier also expressed his dissatisfaction at the EU's handling of the refugee crisis, saying "we are not satisfied with the measures [taken] on a European level."

During his speech he also discussed Germany's relations with Iran and Saudi Arabia. "When you lose trust, then a contract cannot contribute to replacing the lost trust, it has to be built up," he said in reference to Western ties with Tehran. Speaking of Saudi Arabia, he said, "I think it is possible for trust to grow on both sides, in working towards a political solution in Syria."

Germany: Closing Europe’s internal borders is not a solution - FM Steinmeier02:52
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German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier rejected the idea of closing Europe's internal borders as a solution to the refugee crisis, during a press conference in Berlin on Tuesday. "Closing the borders will not be a solution to the problem," he said, referring to the suspension of the Schengen Agreement by Austria.

Steinmeier also expressed his dissatisfaction at the EU's handling of the refugee crisis, saying "we are not satisfied with the measures [taken] on a European level."

During his speech he also discussed Germany's relations with Iran and Saudi Arabia. "When you lose trust, then a contract cannot contribute to replacing the lost trust, it has to be built up," he said in reference to Western ties with Tehran. Speaking of Saudi Arabia, he said, "I think it is possible for trust to grow on both sides, in working towards a political solution in Syria."