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G7 to meet on IS political strategy

Germany's foreign minister says officials from the Group of Seven powers will meet later this month to discuss a political strategy against the extremist Islamic State (IS) group.

Germany currently chairs the G7, which also includes the US, Canada, France, Britain, Japan and Italy.

Foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier told lawmakers today that he invited his G7 counterparts to a meeting when the annual UN General Assembly meets in New York the week after next.

Mr Steinmeier stressed the need for a political strategy against the IS group, which has over-run parts of Iraq and Syria, and noted that was part of US president Barack Obama's speech yesterday.

He said that, in New York, "we will discuss together this political strategy with the Arab states".

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