June 20, 2024

Secretary Blinken and German Foreign Minister Baerbock Meet to Discuss Global Agenda and Strengthen Ties

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken meets with Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs Enrique Manalo at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on April 11, 2023. [State Department photo by Freddie Everett
Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken meets with Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs Enrique Manalo at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on April 11, 2023. [State Department photo by Freddie Everett

United States Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock held a bilateral meeting on Monday, following their participation in the G7 summit, and both officials discussed a wide range of pressing global issues, such as the situation in Ukraine, Russian aggression, food security, energy security, climate change, and efforts to build inclusive, growing economies.

Secretary Blinken praised the ongoing discussions with their G7 colleagues and expressed his appreciation for the opportunity to compare notes directly with Minister Baerbock. He highlighted the importance of the close cooperation between Germany and the United States in addressing global concerns.

Foreign Minister Baerbock echoed Secretary Blinken’s sentiments, emphasizing the value of the G7 format for European countries. She expressed her gratitude for the support received during Germany’s G7 presidency last year and stressed the importance of working together as major economies that believe in the international rules-based order. Baerbock also mentioned that they had discussed bilateral topics in which both nations are intensifying their cooperation.

The meeting took place at The Prince Karuizawa in Japan, where G7 officials gathered to continue their discussions on global challenges. The talks emphasized the need for the world’s largest economies to stand together in defense of the United Nations Charter and collaborate on critical issues affecting people worldwide.

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