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The State Department announced on Friday that Secretary of State Anthony Blinken will visit Brussels for the administration’s first one-on-one talks with transatlantic leaders. It says Blinken will focus on Afghanistan, China, Iran, Russia, climate change, cybersecurity, terrorism and energy security.
“The Brussels meetings reaffirm the United States’ commitment to our allies and European partners on our overall agenda,” State Department spokeswoman Ned Price said in a statement.
Blinken’s focus is on the annual spring meeting of NATO foreign ministers, but it will also include talks with senior EU and Belgian officials.
The Biden administration has focused on rebuilding relations with allies around the world, including in Europe, where Trump has pressed them with a range of demands, from increased defense spending to trade-offs with threats from Russia and China.
The trip to Brussels will be Blinken’s second overseas trip since becoming the top US diplomat. He will return to Washington on Saturday from Japan, Aponia, South Korea and Alaska. At Anchorage, National Security Adviser Yeke Sullivan held controversial talks with senior Chinese officials, claiming that the United States was building a common front with allies against Russia and China.