Today (17 February), the Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office, Werner Hoyer, held political talks at the United Nations headquarters in New York. He met among others Alain Le Roy, Under-Secretary-General of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO). Their conversation focused on current peacekeeping challenges. Mr Hoyer’s subsequent talks also involved Germany’s candidacy for a non-permanent seat on the Security Council for the period 2011-2012.
Today he will travel on to Washington, where he will have talks on current foreign and security policy issues such as Iran, the international commitment in Afghanistan and disarmament and nuclear non-proliferation. Mr Hoyer will also speak with his US partners about the EU’s external relations under the new conditions of the Lisbon Treaty. EU relations with the USA itself, as well as with Ukraine and Turkey, will feature in his conversations. He will meet among others Michelle Flournoy, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, and Antony Blinken, National Security Advisor to the Vice-President.