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The Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, will travel next week to Germany, France, the Vatican and Italy, where he will participate in the G20 ministerial summit, the Government informed this Friday.
The head of diplomacy will begin his tour on June 22 in Berlin to attend the Second Conference on Libya, and meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, a meeting in which he will underline “the importance of U.S.-German relations,” the State Department statement said.
He will then travel to France on June 25 for meetings with President Emmanuel Macron and his counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian to discuss “areas of cooperation, including global security and post-pandemic recovery.”
In Paris, Blinken will take the opportunity to meet with the new secretary of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Mathias Cormann, with whom he will discuss “key priorities such as international taxation.”
He will then travel to Rome to attend the meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat the Islamic State and the ministerial meeting on Syria.
He will also have bilateral meetings with Italian President Sergio Matarella and Foreign Minister Luigi di Maio.
While there, he will visit the Vatican City, where he will meet with senior officials of the Holy See to underline “the shared commitment to religious freedom and combating the climate crisis.”
Finally, Antony Blinken will travel to the Italian cities of Bari and Matera to participate in the G20 foreign ministers’ summit to discuss the fight against the pandemic and recovery, with a focus on Africa.