Peter Beyer, Coordinator of Transatlantic Cooperation in the Field Intersocietal Relations, Cultural and Information Policy, departed Berlin today (14 September) for a working visit to the United States, where he will visit sites of German investments in Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina, hold political talks with UN diplomats and lead the annual German-American Steuben Parade New York as the Grand Marshal.
Prior to his departure, he issued the following statement today (14 September):
Now in particular, it is important that we also work with the US beyond the political sphere in Washington in fields where such cooperation is especially significant, for example when German companies create many jobs in the US and we see how important free trade and freedom of investment are for prosperity on both sides of the Atlantic. I am thus looking forward to speaking with US businesspeople who want to do more – not less – business with Germany. However, my visit will not be confined to business matters. Along with Christoph Heusgen, German Ambassador to the United Nations, and his international colleagues in New York, I will explore the future of multilateral diplomacy in light of current US foreign policy.
Furthermore, contacts between civil societies in Germany and the US are of great importance to me, so it is a great honour for me to lead the 61st German-American Steuben Parade, a traditional parade of German-Americans and their German guests on Fifth Avenue in New York. I cannot think of any better occasion to look ahead to the Deutschlandjahr USA 2018/19 that will start in early October and whose motto – notwithstanding all the challenges – will be “Wunderbar Together”.