As the last Strategic Dialogue took place in Berlin, the representatives of the Federal Government were actually due to travel to Washington. The meeting presided over by State Secretary Miguel Berger and Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs at the US Department of State, David Hale, focused on the most pressing foreign policy issues on the transatlantic agenda.
These included how to deal with Russia and the conflicts in the former Soviet Union. The conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, for which the USA is Co-Chair together with France and Russia of the Minsk Group set up to broker a peaceful solution, was discussed intensively.
Strengthening transatlantic collaboration
Further topics were the role of NATO for European security, a transatlantic policy approach towards China and coordination on issues relating to the stabilisation of conflicts in the Near and Middle East as well as sub-Saharan Africa.
Continuing intensive coordination with the USA remains a cornerstone of German foreign and security policy in order to help contain and solve the many international crises and challenges.
The fact that these issues are being discussed in the critical phase of the US election campaign shows that continuity in the transatlantic relationship is an important concern for both sides.