Federal Foreign Minister Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier will be visiting the United States of America from Thursday to Sunday (10 - 13 April).
His appointments in Washington will include a meeting with his American counterpart Condoleezza Rice. Their talks will focus on topical issues of bilateral and international affairs.
On Friday afternoon, Federal Minister Steinmeier will open the Berlin Gallery in the "Newseum", also being officially opened that day. The Newseum is the latest museum complex to be erected on the Mall, and is dedicated to freedom of the press, freedom of speech and freedom of assembly.
On Saturday, 12 April, Federal Minister Steinmeier will be in Boston to attend a Conference on Energy organized by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At the Conference, the Freiburg Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, Fraunhofer USA Inc and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will announce the establishment of a joint Center for Sustainable Energy Systems.
After this, the Minister will go on to Harvard University, where he will give a speech on transatlantic relations, drawing on themes already mentioned in his speeches in California (August 2007) and in the House of World Cultures in Berlin (September 2007).
To round off his trip, Foreign Minister Steinmeier will have the privilege of watching a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees.