Munich, 18 February 2023 (TDI): The United States (US) delegation including Vice President, Kamala Harris and Secretary of State, Antony Blinken attended the ongoing Munich Security Conference (MSC) in Germany.
The Conference focuses on Europe Security challenges attended by 40 heads of government including the US, China, France, Ukraine, and other European countries.
Vice President Kamala Harris will address the Munich Security Conference today 18th February. She will be reassuring United States’ commitment to Ukraine and its allies to the ongoing conflict.
She has also met with German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz and French President, Emmanuel Macron ahead of the conference on Friday.
As the high-level US delegation including Vice President Harris and Secretary of State are attending Munich Security Council, the Chinese senior diplomat, Wang Yi is also in Munich, Germany to be part of the Security Conference.
There has been speculation of talks on the sidelines between the top diplomats of both the US and China to ease tension amid the spy balloon row.
The huge white balloon from China was spotted over a series of secret nuclear weapons sites earlier this month, before being shot down just off the eastern US coast.
The incident prompted a diplomatic rift, with Secretary Blinken canceling a rare China visit. Beijing however says the balloon was just a stray weather research craft. Antony Blinken also met with Moldovan President, Maia Sandu in Munich on Friday.
During the meeting, Secretary Blinken said that the US is “deeply concerned” by Russia’s effort to destabilize the government of Moldova.
In addition, he said, “We strongly support Moldova in a matter of its security, territorial integrity, and very important reform efforts made by the government.
President Sandu called 2022 an incredibly difficult year for Moldova and thanked the US for its support in overcoming numerous challenges, including in energy, economy, and security.
It is also to be noted that President Sandu on 13th February said that Russia is planning to attack government buildings and a change of leadership in Moldova with the help of opposition protests and with the involvement of the military.
Her statement came days after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that Ukrainian intelligence intercepted the Kremlin’s plan to take control of Moldova, after which the Ukrainian leader immediately passed all the information to President Sandu.
Secretary of States Antony Blinken also met with the German Foreign Minister during the Munich Security Conference on Friday.
The US Secretary of State thanked Germany for its close collaboration and strong support for Ukraine, including military, financial, and humanitarian assistance to Ukraine
He underscored the United States’ steadfast commitment to NATO and welcomed Sweden and Finland into the Alliance as swiftly as possible.
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Secretary Blinken and Foreign Minister Baerbock also discussed cooperation on climate change, helping Moldova meet its energy needs, and managing the global challenges posed by the PRC.
While in Munich Germany, Secretary Blinken also met with Serbian President, Aleksandar Vučić. The Secretary of State thanked the Serbian President for his constructive engagement on the EU proposal to normalize relations with Kosovo.
Along these lines, Secretary Blinken and President Vucic agreed that regional stability is essential for securing Serbia’s European future.