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German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel holds a press conference during the G-20 Foreign Ministers meeting in Bonn, Germany February 16, 2017. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen


BONN, Germany (Reuters) - German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Friday there was no question that Europe must spend more on defence, but said the debate on military spending needed to include work on sustainable development.

"There is no question that Europe will have to take more responsibility for that (military spending), but we cannot reduce security and peace policies to just the extent of military spending. That will not allow us to fight climate change, drought or poverty," Gabriel told a reporters at the end of a G20 foreign ministers meeting.

(Reporting by Andrea Shalal; editing by John Irish)