Foreign Minister Heiko Maas travelled to Washington on Monday night (22 May). He will meet his new counterpart Mike Pompeo in the US capital. Meetings with representatives of the Democratic and Republican parties from both the Senate and the House are also scheduled.
Standing up for EU interests
With different positions on the Iran nuclear deal and discussions on trade issues, the change that US foreign policy has undergone is also making itself felt in the country’s relations with Germany and the EU. Foreign Minister Maas will therefore use his first official visit to present Europe’s perspective on the most important transatlantic issues in Washington, DC.
The transatlantic relationship remains a cornerstone of German foreign policy
Maas recently made it clear that relations with the US will continue to be a cornerstone of German foreign policy. However, Europeans must stand united with respect to the issues under discussion, he said. “We are ready to talk and to negotiate, but also to fight for our positions where necessary,” said Maas.
Furthermore, the Foreign Minister will discuss the crises in Syria and Ukraine with his counterpart Pompeo. Maas is seeking to drive forward a political solution to both conflicts.