Following a difficult year in EU-Turkish relations, there are currently some signals of détente coming out of Ankara. Foreign Minister Maas wants to encourage Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu to continue and to consolidate this constructive path.
Germany, France, Egypt and Jordan are working together in the Munich format to inject fresh impetus into the Middle East peace process. In Cairo, the Foreign Ministers are discussing concrete steps for a rapprochement between Israel and the Palestinians – and how they can support it.
2021 is set to be a decisive year for nuclear disarmament and the objective of nuclear non‑proliferation. Today, the foreign ministers of the Stockholm Initiative are discussing the implementation of their proposals on nuclear disarmament both in Amman and in a virtual format.
The Foreign Minister is today taking part in the GLOBSEC 2020 Bratislava Forum in Slovakia, and will also have a bilateral meeting with the Turkish Foreign Minister to discuss the eastern Mediterranean and the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
Foreign Minister Maas is travelling to Kyiv today, Ukraine’s Independence Day. This day is a particular incentive to work intensively on finding a solution to the conflict in eastern Ukraine. There have been some hopeful signs in recent weeks: this ceasefire is the longest since 2014.
While in Slovakia, the Foreign Minister also takes the opportunity to mark the end of the Prague Spring 52 years ago.