Meeting with Chancellor Merkel and Foreign Minister Maas: The US chief diplomat Antony Blinken will soon be traveling to the federal capital. The agenda is also already set.
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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is expected to visit Berlin next week. The US chief diplomat will be received by Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) on Wednesday, said government spokesman Steffen Seibert on Friday. He will also meet with Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD). Maas will meet Blinken as part of the second Libya conference, said a spokeswoman for the Federal Foreign Office. A bilateral meeting is also planned.
According to the spokeswoman, both ministers will lay a wreath at the Holocaust memorial on Thursday and sign an agreement on closer cooperation on issues relating to the Holocaust. At the end of the visit, the two foreign ministers will discuss the future of transatlantic relations with young people from both countries on Thursday afternoon.
Balance of progress expected
At the international Libya conference at the invitation of the Federal Government and UN Secretary General António Guterres, the progress made since the first Berlin conference in January 2020 is to be taken. The “next steps for the sustainable stabilization of the country” are also to be discussed.
The focus is on the preparations for the elections planned for December 24th and the withdrawal of foreign troops and mercenaries from Libya as agreed in the ceasefire.
Libya has been shaped by violent conflicts and power struggles since the overthrow of long-time ruler Muammar al-Gaddafi in 2011. There has been a fragile ceasefire in the North African country since October.