Rex Tillerson descending stairs from airplane (© AP Images)
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at Cologne Bonn Airport in Germany (© AP Images)

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived in Bonn, Germany, February 15 in his first overseas trip as America’s chief diplomat.

Tillerson, a former globe-trotting oil executive and engineer, is in Germany until February 17 for meetings with the foreign ministers of the world’s leading economies, known as the Group of 20 (G20).

The ministers will discuss global challenges and ways diplomacy can contribute to a peaceful and prosperous world, the State Department said.

The G20 foreign ministers’ meeting is a precursor to the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 7–8.

While in Bonn, Tillerson also will meet with representatives from the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Oman, the United Arab Emirates and the United Nations to discuss the situation in Yemen.

The G20 comprises 19 countries plus the European Union. The countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.