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Maas meets NATO Foreign Ministers

Heiko Maas at the NATO Foreign Ministers Meeting in Brussels

Heiko Maas at the NATO Foreign Ministers Meeting in Brussels, © Xander Heinl/photothek.net

27.04.2018 - Article

Germany is committed to NATO’s dual-track strategy vis-à-vis Russia: a collective defence effort combined with a willingness to engage in dialogue.

The NATO Foreign Ministers in Brussels
The NATO Foreign Ministers in Brussels© Xander Heinl/photothek.net

Foreign Minister Maas travelled to Brussels on Friday (27 April) to attend the Meeting of NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs. In particular, the Foreign Ministers discussed strategies for dealing with Russia. Other items on the agenda included the NATO mission in Afghanistan and the fight against the so-called Islamic State.

Conflict resolution only possible with Russia

Germany wants NATO to stick to its dual-track approach to Russia. Alongside the collective defence effort and a clear common language, a willingness to engage in dialogue and ensure transparency is crucial. “Only with Russia will it be possible to find political solutions to conflicts like the one in Syria,” Foreign Minister Maas said on Friday.

Meeting with US Secretary of State Pompeo

Foreign Minister Maas with his counterparts Mike Pompeo and Boris Johnson and the Political Director of the French Foreign Ministry, Nicolas de Rivière
Foreign Minister Maas with his counterparts Mike Pompeo and Boris Johnson and the Political Director of the French Foreign Ministry, Nicolas de Rivière© Xander Heinl/photothek.net

In Brussels, Maas met the new US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, who had set off for the conference in Brussels immediately after being sworn in. “We had a very good, constructive conversation,” said Maas. Together with British Foreign Secretary Johnson and a representative of France, he had urged Pompeo not to scrap the nuclear deal with Iran, the Minister said.

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