Blinken Meets with Annalena Baerbock, German Foreign Minister in Liverpool, England

Baerbock is Germany’s First Woman Foreign Minister

By John Clise

Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State recently met with Annalena Baerbock, German Foreign Minister, in Liverpool, England, at the Hope Street Hotel, to discuss G7 Foreign and Development Ministers’ Meeting.

Secretary Blinken said, “I just want to say how wonderful it is to be here with the foreign minister.  We had a chance to speak on the phone immediately upon her assuming the – assuming office, but this is our first chance to actually connect in person.  The relationship, the partnership between our countries is so vital, and we have a lot to talk about.  I think you probably found what I found when I took on these responsibilities – the inbox is pretty high.  But we’re very glad to be working so closely with you, with the chancellor on some – the many things that we have on our agenda.  So very good to be with you.”

Green party co-leader Annalena Baerbock is Germany’s first woman foreign minister.

Spokesperson Ned Price said Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met yesterday with German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock on the margins of the G7 Foreign and Development Ministers’ Meeting in Liverpool. Secretary Blinken congratulated Germany on the formation of its new government and Minister Baerbock on her new role.  The Secretary and Foreign Minister discussed support for Ukraine’s independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity in the face of Russian aggression, and agreed that a strong response was needed should Moscow escalate. They also discussed combatting the COVID-19 pandemic, addressing the climate crisis, standing up for democracy and human rights globally, and Germany’s priorities for its 2022 G7 presidency.

The Secretary noted the scale and urgency of the shared challenges, underscoring the need to have a Senate-confirmed Ambassador in place.


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