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Germany welcomes S. Korea joining G7 Summit, stays cautious on expanding G7 Updated: 2020-08-11 17:02:24 KST

On her way back home from Berlin, South Korea's foreign minister Kang Kyung-wha said South Korea will contribute as much it can to the international community, including in the fight against COVID-19.
This comes as German foreign minister Heiko Maas said during a joint press conference with Kang in Berlin on Monday, that Germany welcomes South Korea joining the upcoming G7 summit, calling the country "important" in the global community.
On the idea of expanding G7, however, the German minister said it should be discussed with other members of the group.

"Germany welcomes South Korea participating in the upcoming G7 summit. But expanding the membership is a different story. Minister Maas explained that there should be a lot of talks and studies with other members on the issue."

Maas also made it clear that Germany is against expanding the group if it involves letting Russia back in.
Russia was kicked out of G8 in 2014 after it annexed Crimea.
U.S. President Donald Trump had earlier pitched the idea of expanding the group to a G11 or G12, including South Korea and Russia.
President Trump said on Monday that he is likely to postpone the G7 meeting and host it after the presidential election in November.
When asked about the issue, Minister Kang said South Korea has not received any official notification from Washington.
During the bilateral meeting, Kang also asked for Germany's support for South Korea's trade minister Yoo Myung-hee, who is running for the director-general post at the World Trade Organization.
The two ministers have agreed to hold their next round of talks in Seoul.
Yoon Jung-min, Arirang News.
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