The visit’s agenda included meetings with the Foreign Minister’s German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen and Minister of State for Integration Aydan Özoguz.
13. April 2016 - From 11 to 12 April, Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz paid a working visit to Berlin. He met his German and Serbian counterparts Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Ivica Dacic for a first OSCE troika meeting under German Chairmanship. Discussions focussed especially on the terrorist attacks, the recent outbreak of renewed fighting around the Nagorno-Karabakh region and the situation in eastern Ukraine. “The current developments reflect the many challenges to European safety and security. The OSCE plays an important role in managing these challenges”, Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz stated. It is therefore necessary to strengthen and promote the OSCE as a platform for dialogue and most of all to enhance the level of security enjoyed by the people living in the OSCE countries.
Refugee crisis as a challenge in the field of integration
During his stay in Berlin, Federal Minister Kurz also met with the German Minister of State for Integration Aydan Özoguz. As a consequence of the refugee crisis, Austria and Germany currently face major challenges. “It is necessary to quickly integrate those who will be staying. In this context, three areas are pivotal to integration: the acquisition of German language skills, sharing of values and participation in the labour market”, Minister for Integration Sebastian Kurz concluded.
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