Number two US diplomat to visit France, Germany

2nd February 2006, Comments 0 comments

WASHINGTON, Feb 1, 2006 (AFP) - US Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick will travel Friday to France and then to Germany for the annual Munich security conference, the State Department said Wednesday.

WASHINGTON, Feb 1, 2006 (AFP) -  US Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick will travel Friday to France and then to Germany for the annual Munich security conference, the State Department said Wednesday.

A statement issued by the department said its number two official would have talks with the French on a range of political, security and economic issues and ways to boost relations between the old allies.

"France is an important partner. I look forward to learning more from our French colleagues about how we can build on our cooperation and advance our shared interests around the world," Zoellick said in the statement.

After their deep rift over the US decision to invade Iraq in 2003, Paris and Washington have rediscovered close working ties on issues from alleged Syrian interference in Lebanon to Iran's suspected nuclear arms program.

Zoellick was to join Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on Saturday and Sunday at the Munich security conference bringing together top defense officials and diplomats from 35 countries to discuss trans-Atlantic ties.

"Germany and Europe face new security challenges in the coming years, and the United States will work closely with our friends and allies to meet these challenges," Zoellick said.

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