Top politicians from the whole world met once more to discuss future issues concerning international security policy at the 53rd Munich Security Conference. The key topics were transatlantic relations following the presidential election in the US, relationships with Russia, the global fight against terror and threats to health and climate security. Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, Sebastian Kurz, held a few talks in order to discuss the challenges being faced and the concerted efforts to be undertaken.
"We have to re-establish trust between our states as well as our citizens when it comes to state institutions and international organisations. The most effective way to increase trust in institutions is when they are able to deliver results" said Sebastian Kurz, who will also make this his express goal during Austria’s OSCE chairmanship.
Following his arrival in Munich, Sebastian Kurz immediately attended meetings with decision makers as well as representatives from the world of finance and the media. A bilateral meeting with Vitaly Klitschko, Mayor of Kiev, already took place on Friday. The second day at the Munich Security Conference started with the signing of an action plan with Kosovo, for which Sebastian Kurz met with his Kosovan counterpart, Enver Hoxhaj (Western Balkans).
“I am pleased that we have also succeeded in identifying an array of specific joint activities for 2017, which will contribute to further consolidating our excellent bilateral relationship as well as solidly securing Kosovo’s position in Europe and the world” said Sebastian Kurz following the meeting.
Further bilateral meetings with Italian foreign minister, Angelino Alfano, Russian foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, and with their counterpart, Elmar Mammadyarov, from Azerbaijan also took place. In his capacity as Chairperson-in-Office for the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Sebastian Kurz also took part in a discussion event on “Renewing dialogue - The OSCE and European Security” during the Munich Security Conference. Together with his Swiss counterpart, Didier Burkhalter, Sebastian Kurz discussed pragmatic steps needed to encourage building trust through strategic dialogue within the organisation.
Austrian Foreign Minister, Sebastian Kurz, also referred to the priorities of the Austrian chairmanship of the OSCE: the commitment to defusing existing conflicts within the OSCE area, efforts to create greater trust in Europe as well as the fight against radicalisation and violent extremism. Joint action in the latter point would be in the interests of all participating states, which is why this approach could also contribute to closer cooperation.