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United Nations: Women’s rights are human rights, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said at global leaders’ meeting on gender equality and women empowerment. “Isn’t it a disgrace for humanity that we still need to underline this,” Xinhua quoted Merkel as saying at the UN event, which opened on Sunday.

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Merkel used her speech to highlight violence against women in conflict, as well as women’s important role in building peace. “We need women for peace, we need women for development,” she said. Merkel said development could not be achieved where women were deprived of their rights and that women were often worst off in conflict zones. “Wherever women are deprived of their rights and freedoms, wherever they are humiliated and abused, development is invariably limited,” she said.

“Particularly in conflict regions violence against women is a cruel reality, be it in Syria, Iraq, Nigeria or in South Sudan, the stories are very similar ones.” “Women are torn from their families, they are raped, they are enslaved,” she said.

“Each and every one of these stories is a stark reminder to all of us to see that Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security is respected day to day.”

UN member states adopted Security Council Resolution 1325 in October 2000 to recognize women’s important role in peace building and to commit to increasing women’s participation in peace negotiations.

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Donald Trump, Angela Merkel Discuss Trade And Security Issues at G-20 Summit

For her part, Merkel said the two countries should address issues related to fair trade, multilateral issues, the World Trade Organization, the INF Treaty and regional issues concerning Syria and Ukraine

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Trump, Merkel discuss trade, security issues at G-20 Summit. VOA

US President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday exchanged views on trade and security on the sidelines of G-20 Summit in Buenos Aires, according to a statement released by the White House.

The two leaders exchanged thoughts on Russia’s violation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty and explored how to strengthen the NATO alliance further as well as how to improve European energy security, the statement said.

They also discussed the ongoing situation of confrontation between Russia and Ukraine, according to the statement, Xinhua news agency reported.

“We have a great relationship and a great working relationship, I think very important,” said Donald Trump before the meeting, according to the statement.

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Donald Trump. VOA

Trump also expressed his praise of Merkel, who “was highly respected by everybody, including me.”

Meanwhile, Donald Trump reaffirmed his stance on trade between the US and Germany, saying that “we have a tremendous trade imbalance, but we’re going to get that straightened out.”

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For her part, Merkel said the two countries should address issues related to fair trade, multilateral issues, the World Trade Organization, the INF Treaty and regional issues concerning Syria and Ukraine.

Despite the long-term alliance between Washington and Berlin, the bilateral ties recently have been overshadowed by their differences on bilateral trade, the Iran nuclear deal, climate change, the defense spending of NATO members and the NORD-Stream 2 gas pipeline project, among other issues. (IANS)