Jürgen Hardt, the Coordinator of Transatlantic Cooperation, will be in Washington, DC, from 4 to 6 March for political talks. Prior to departing, he issued the following statement:
These days, we are in particular need of the transatlantic partnership. We face escalating conflict in the Middle East, nuclear armament plans in Iran and North Korea and growing tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran, as well as differences of opinion on trade policy. All these issues require not only transatlantic dialogue, but also common answers and solutions. In Washington, I will hold talks with members of Congress and in the State Department. I will also attend the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). At the conference, I will participate in a forum on policy regarding Israel.
During all of my discussions with Americans, I will take away their helpful suggestions. I will also explain Germany’s position on economic issues and on the strengthening of Europe’s capabilities in the area of the Common Foreign and Security Policy. Moreover, I will make clear why we believe the nuclear agreement with Iran should not be terminated. Finally, I will also use my meetings to draw attention to Deutschlandjahr USA, which begins in October 2018.