Despite some Cancellations, the organizers of the Munich security conference expect this year’s meeting of experts, the “most important and greatest” since its founding more than 50 years ago. Conference leader Wolfgang Ischinger explained that on Monday at a kick-off press conference in Berlin, among other things, that the delegations from the United States and China are so large and prominent as never Ischinger is expected from 15. to 17. In February, a total of 600 experts on security policy in Munich, including 35 heads of state and government and 80 Foreign Ministers and defence Ministers.

With the French President, Emmanuel Macron, and the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, however, have canceled two of the most prominent guests. Macron should actually occur together with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the role of Europe in the world speak. Netanyahu takes part shortly before the conference to an Anti-Iran conference, criticized the middle East-Meeting in Warsaw, but without a trip to Munich.

Ischinger: Macron-cancellation not overstate

Ischinger regretted the two Cancellations, said: “It is no longer in the Macron-cancellation inside secrets as appropriate.” The French President gave reasons for his refusal, that he will dedicate himself after his appearance at the signing of the German-French friendship Treaty in Aachen three weeks ago, “his domestic policy challenges,” and his trips abroad to “to a Minimum”. In France, there is since months of massive protests against government policy.

in addition to Merkel will now be US Vice-President Mike Pence, the most prominent speakers in Munich. He will present two years ago, the foreign policy of U.S. President Donald Trump. In addition, the Commissioner are, among others, of US-Minister of defence, Patrick Shanahan and the speaker of the house of representatives Nancy Pelosi, as well as the President’s daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner.

Never the US Delegation, greater

From the Senate and the house of representatives are expected to be 55 participants – as many as never before. However, the dispute over the financing of a border wall could diminish to Mexico the Delegation. 15. February ends with the beginning of the security conference, the interim solution, with the Trump the longest Government shutdown in the history of the United States could break. Should escalate until the government crisis, is likely to be a number of Cancellations from the USA for sure.

From China politician of the Communist party of China, Yang Jiechi, the top outside of Munich. The 67-Year-old is considered to be significantly more influential than the Minister of foreign Affairs of the country. Russia is represented, however, “only” with foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. The hopes that President Vladimir Putin or Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev could come, were dashed early. Iranian foreign Minister Mohammed Zarif will be there.

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