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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Heads to Munich Security Conference Today

February 4, 2011

I’ll update when there’s more info. available. But here’s an article from Bloomberg:

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton flies to Germany today for meetings with world security leaders that are likely to be dominated by the upheaval in Egypt.

Clinton’s agenda at the 47th Munich Security Conference also will include an exchange of documents with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov that will put into force a nuclear weapons treaty between their countries.

Clinton has meetings planned with UK Prime Minister David Cameron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Afghan President Hamid Karzai, according to the State Department.

On Egypt, the Obama administration has been pressing President Hosni Mubarak to immediately begin a transition to a new government. Mubarak yesterday refused, telling ABC News in an interview that it would lead to chaos.

Merkel, Cameron, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, along with the premiers of Italy and Spain, called upon Mubarak to step down and facilitate a “quick and orderly transition to a broad-based government” on Feb. 3.

State Department spokesman Philip J. Crowley said that George Mitchell, the U.S. Special Envoy to the Middle East, will attend the conference. There will be a meeting of the so-called Quartet — the U.S., European Union, United Nations and Russia. “I’m not anticipating any meetings with Israelis or Palestinians,” Crowley said.

On Feb. 5, the Secretary and Lavrov will exchange instruments of ratification for the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, a major priority for President Barack Obama. Once this exchange occurs, the New START Treaty will enter into force.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Samuel permalink
    February 4, 2011 12:32 pm

    It is a great achievement for Hillary Clinton as the head of America’s foreign policy. More than 30 years ago the two countries were so close to the ratification of SALT II treaty but finally the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan put a halt to the efforts made on both sides. I am glad the new treaty will come into effect and as a supporter of Secretary Clinton I can’t imagine a better representative of the US at this historic meeting.

  2. PYW permalink
    February 4, 2011 1:46 pm

    stacy, what’s your reaction to the latest developments in egypt?

    • February 4, 2011 3:46 pm

      Not really sure what to think. I’ve read the admin. is trying to work behind the scenes to get Mubarak to step down now and have Suleiman, who is sort of a Mubarak dictator-in-waiting, head an interim govt. The problem is I don’t think the protesters want Sulimann to have anything to do with the govt. It’s a tough balance for the admin. because on the one hand everyone is shouting “do something” but on the other hand if it appears to the protesters and the Arab world that we are working behind the scenes to have a key Mubarak ally (Suleiman) take over until September, it could look like we are trying to influence the final makeup of the govt. Most Egyptians don’t trust anyone in Mubarak’s govt to oversee anything having to do with the next elections and Sept. is 8 months away- that’s an awful lot of time for Suleiman to play games, silence the opposition, etc.

      Honestly, I don’t know what we should do at this point other than encourage Mubarak to step down now and maybe have some sort of coalition transitional govt that includes opposition groups. Maybe that’s what the admin. is thinking, I don’t know for sure.

  3. February 16, 2013 3:00 pm

    I can’t get over what a wonderful smile she has.

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