German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas met with his Saudi counterpart Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud in Berlin on Friday to discuss issues including Libya, Yemen, Syria and arms exports.

Maas said that what is happening particularly in Syria's Idlib "is a catastrophe at the expense of millions of people." He said that European states will be putting pressure on both Russia and Turkey over the need for "de-escalation."

Germany's top diplomat also described the Saudi support over the Libyan crisis as "extraordinarily helpful," but warned that "a lot of hard work lies ahead of us. The process is extraordinarily hard, but it is important to pool our forces together, therefore we are extraordinarily pleased for the support that comes out of the region."

On Yemen, Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud said: "I explained the latest negative incidents, including missile attacks by the Houthis, which affected many cities in Yemen, and the military escalation that they pursue, and that it indicates they are not actually serious about finding a political solution to the crisis."

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