Politics

United States of America’s Delegation at the Munich Security Conference 2019

Despite different views on foreign policy, achieving global peace was confirmed to be a prerequisite for further cultural diplomatic relations

February 28th, 2019
Margareta Calugher, News from Berlin
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Every year, the Munich Security Conference attracts more than 30 heads of state and government and over 100 cabinet ministers from across the globe for discussions on major international security challenges.

This year, USA position couldn’t have been more far apart from Europe’s foreign policy position. The USA delegation itself had competing visions on it. As Vice president Mike Pense insisted on standing strong by Israel, confronting Iran and forgoing Huawei’s communications networks, his predecessor, Joseph R. Biden, disapproved the Trump administration’s treatment of allies, insisted on reinforcing sanctions against Russia, condemned its interference in 2016 US election and incentivized NATO to modernize its cyber-strategy.

While US Vice president Mike Pence delivered an “America first” speech, Angela Markel stood up for joining efforts to tackle climate change, Russian aggression, development in Africa, a potential Iran nuclear-weapons program, transatlantic trade tensions and other challenges.

Responding to the question that also was the title for this year MSC « Who would pick up the pieces? », Angela Merkel said : « only all of us together », stressing once again that only diplomatic dialog and unite forces can lead to peace and security.

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