Blinken – often described as a “diplomatic diplomat” – travels first to Latvia and then to Sweden, where she will host Foreign Minister Anne Linde (southern) Osses (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) on 2-3 December. Foreign Ministers Meeting. Linde is the president of Osse.
Blinken arrives in Sweden the day before the meeting, Wednesday December 1, US Assistant Secretary of State Karen Donfried said on a conference call.
Will discuss the relationship
Ministers will discuss concerns about security in Europe and Eurasia and the need to strengthen it by upholding the principles of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. The secretary of state will meet with representatives of Sweden to discuss the relationship between the United States and Sweden and work together to achieve common goals, Donfried said.
Among those invited to the meeting are the foreign ministers of North America, Europe and Central Asia, including Russia and the United States, the State Department wrote in a press release.
Karen Donfried does not want to confirm or deny the question of whether Blinken will meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during his visit to Stockholm.
– I have nothing to announce about this, but stay informed, says Donfred.
Ukraine and principles
Osse has 57 member states. The agenda of the organization is mainly crises and conflicts in the OSCE region in particular, including in and around Ukraine. The migrant crisis at the Belarusian border is also likely to be addressed at next week’s meeting.
In a statement, Linde said the “shared principles and commitments” found in the AUC are now more important than ever to deal with challenges and prevent new crises and conflicts.
During the Blue and Yellow Presidency, Lindy and her colleagues also lobbied to prioritize areas such as women’s economic empowerment, climate and security.
Lindh’s colleague, attorney Anthony Blinken, has a solid foreign policy resume within the West. Raised in New York and Paris, between 2015 and 2017 he was Deputy Secretary of State for John Kerry, under President Barack Obama. He was in the room when Obama followed up on the raids that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and played an important role in the United States’ handling of the Crimean crisis in 2014.
As President Joe Biden’s Secretary of State, Blinken primarily sought to mend diplomatic ties severed by former US President Donald Trump’s more confrontational doctrine. Among other things, he played an important role in the re-entry of the United States to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
Full name: Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
Members: All countries in Europe except Kosovo, USA, Canada, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Mongolia, Russia, Turkey, Azerbaijan and Armenia.
Presidency: Sweden assumed the presidency on January 1, 2021. Poland will assume the presidency after the end of the year.
Purpose: Activities focus mainly on conflict prevention measures, protection of national minorities, human rights, support for democracy building, arms control, and confidence and security building measures.
Source: Osse, Riksdag
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