WASHINGTON: Foreign ministers of the Group of Eight major economies will meet next week in Washington, the United States announced Wednesday, amid intense global diplomacy on Syria and Iran.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will play host to the April 11-12 meeting, the State Department said. The talks come one month ahead of a Group of Eight summit at Camp David near Washington.

The foreign ministers will meet at the Blair House -- the US guest house across from the White House -- and "discuss a range of country-specific, regional and transnational topics," the State Department said in a statement.

The Group of Eight comprises Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia and the United States.

The club was long the pre-eminent forum for global decision-making, but President Barack Obama's administration has put a greater focus on the Group of 20, which also includes major emerging economies such as China and India. (AFP)