The Library of Congress in Washington, DC: Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel examines the German translation of the U.S. Declaration of Independence. It states that all men are “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
It is on the basis of these values that close transatlantic ties are to be maintained. Gabriel’s visit was meant to underscore this. It was the first visit by a European foreign minister to the new U.S. administration.
At the White House, he met with Vice President Mike Pence and, at the State Department, with his counterpart Rex Tillerson, who had been sworn in just prior to the visit.
Afterwards, Gabriel said:
“These were very good talks. They showed us that there are members of the new administration, too, that are very much interested in expanding and preserving transatlantic ties – not only with Germany, but also with the European Union and with NATO.”
Gabriel’s next stop was New York: at the United Nations, he met with the new UN Secretary-General António Guterres and re-emphasised Germany’s support for the United Nations.