A conference has been held in Berlin by the Euro-Mediterranean Association - an organisation that was set up to promote economic development cooperation between Germany and the countries of the Arab world.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Berlin. She assured him that aid to the Palestinian Territories would stay the same under a new cross-party government.
Foreign ministers and officials of 30 nations, mainly from Central Asia, as well as major international organizations have converged on Kabul for a conference on Afghanistan's future once NATO troops leave in 2014.
The United Nations are negotiating a treaty to control the global arms trade for conventional weapons. Germany wants the regulations to cover the trade in small arms and ammunition.
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