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Ukrainian president to take part in the Munich Security Conference

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy will make a working visit to Germany to take part in the 56th Munich Security Conference on February 14-15.

In the framework of the conference, the President will deliver a speech at a separate session dedicated to Ukraine, as well as hold bilateral meetings with leaders of foreign states.

Besides Ukrainian president leading voices from Western countries will also take the stage in Munich. French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will attend the MSC for the first time. Frank-Walter Steinmeier is set to open the conference. The US Delegation will be even larger than last year: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and Secretary of Energy, Dan Brouillette, will be present along with Congressional Delegations from both parties, including the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg will attend representing the transatlantic alliance. The MSC will also be a platform for the EU, with several members of the new European Commission taking the stage.

Mirroring the rising role of Asia, the MSC will see more prominent representatives from the region than ever before, including the foreign ministers of China and – for the first time – India: Wang Yi and Subrahmanyam Jaishankar. In order for pressing crises in the Middle East to be addressed in Munich, foreign ministers from Russia and Iran – Sergey Lavrov and Mohammad Javad Zarif – will take part, as will many other high-level representatives from the region.

Africa will be represented by key leaders from the G5 Sahel States – including the Presidents of Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad.

Against the backdrop of the Coronavirus outbreak, Director-General of the World Health Organization Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is set to attend, along with numerous leading figures of other international organizations. To address the crucial role of technology and trade in international affairs, many international business leaders will be present, among them Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

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