Peter Beyer, who was appointed Coordinator of Transatlantic Cooperation in the Field Intersocietal Relations, Cultural and Information Policy by the German Cabinet on 11 April, has departed for his first official visit to Washington, where he will give a speech at the annual conference of Atlantik-Brücke and the American Council on Germany. He issued the following statement on his visit today (7 May):
During my first visit to Washington in my new role as Transatlantic Coordinator, my aim is to draw attention to the importance and value of our partnership for both sides in what are turbulent times for transatlantic relations.
Not least in organising Deutschlandjahr USA, a year of German events in the United States, we are providing concrete ways to engage in close and wide-ranging dialogue on topics of interests to both sides. The German‑US conference that I will attend with other colleagues from the German Bundestag is a good forum for intensive and at times contentious exchange on – to name just two examples – free trade and our approach to countries such as China, Russia and Iran.
I also plan to continue this exchange in numerous meetings with senior government officials, Members of the Senate and the House of Representatives, and businesspeople.