1. SOUNDBITE (German) Frank-Walter Steinmeier, German Foreign Minister:
"You know that after five years of civil war in Syria, we started a process last November in an international alliance in which we try to defuse and find a solution for this civil war - after five years, there are 300,000 deaths and 11 to 12 million people who lost their home. Since the meeting in early February in Munich, there has been progress: a ceasefire has been agreed and for a significant period of time has been respected in large parts of the country - not consistently and time and again fragile - but at least enough to protect people temporarily from daily bombardments and to create a respite from the fighting. It was also possible in the past weeks to gain access to all of the cut-off cities and communities to help with humanitarian aid, but of course in particular with regard to the current situation and the pictures reaching us from Aleppo, we know that we are not just far away from a political solution, but also that the humanitarian situation may become more difficult in the coming days and weeks."
2. Exterior of UK Foreign Office
3. SOUNDBITE (German) Frank-Walter Steinmeier, German Foreign Minister:
"We are of course very interested to hear from our US colleagues how the most recent talks between the US and Russia have concluded in Moscow, what we can expect from it and whether a re-opening of political talks in Geneva has become more of a possibility."
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4. SOUNDBITE (German) Frank-Walter Steinmeier, German Foreign Minister:
"Well, as you can see, (we are in) London and nevertheless it is not about Brexit today. This is a topic which will keep us occupied for a long time and which will cause quite a headache in Europe and in negotiations between the European Union and Great Britain. However, it is also important that we not solely focus on this one issue that has caused so much worry in Europe. There are also crises and conflicts outside of Europe that still require a solution."
5. Sign (English) reading "Foreign & Commonwealth Office"
6. SOUNDBITE (German) Frank-Walter Steinmeier, German Foreign Minister: ++ENDS WITH STEINMEIER LEAVING++
"I belong to that group of people who have very much regretted that the UK referendum turned out the way it did. I would have very much liked that the UK had stayed part of the Europrean Union. I keep repeating this over and over again in my speeches back in Germany that we are losing more than a member state, which is why I found it, as you might understand, incomprehensible that an exit out of the European Union was promoted so publicly here in the UK. The decision has been made and we, of course, respect the choice the great majority of the British public has made. Boris Johnson is now Foreign Secretary and we will continue to be members of the United Nations, we will see each other at the G7 and G20 summits as well as the OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe) and we have to look after issues such as Syria, which is why we will develop a professional working relationship."