US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock stated that Berlin and Washington will coordinate their efforts regarding Iran, as they met in Munster, on Thursday.
Speaking during a discussion panel ahead of the G7 meeting, Blinken stated “with regard to technology, one of the things that we are trying to do together is to make sure that Iranians have the ability to communicate with each other and with the outside world. And technology is at the heart of that, making sure that there are no barriers to the extent we have anything to say about it to that technology getting to people who need it and want to use it. That’s also part of the work we’re doing.”
Baerbock added that Germany and the United States will also join forces within UN bodies, saying “So this is what we are doing here in G7, bringing together our support for the people of Iran, with regard to sanctions, with regard to giving shelter for those who have high protection, but also with regard to bringing these atrocities to the UN system, to the UN bodies because this is not automatically there. Again, as democratic states we need majorities not only in our own countries, but we need also majorities in UN bodies on human rights violations.”
Commenting on the Ukraine conflict Blinken concluded “The Peace of Westphalia put in place fundamental principles of international relations that are the very principles that are being challenged today by Russia when it comes to Ukraine, and that is the territorial integrity and the sovereignty of nations. If we let that be challenged with impunity then the foundations of the international order will start to erode”.