Secretary Antony J. Blinken and German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock Before Their Meeting

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken and German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock Before Their Meeting

Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State

Annalena Baerbock, German Foreign Minister

Liverpool, United Kingdom

Hope Street Hotel

SECRETARY BLINKEN:  I just want to say how wonderful it is to be here with the foreign minister.  We had a chance to speak on the phone immediately upon her assuming the – assuming office, but this is our first chance to actually connect in person.  The relationship, the partnership between our countries is so vital, and we have a lot to talk about.  I think you probably found what I found when I took on these responsibilities – the inbox is pretty high.  But we’re very glad to be working so closely with you, with the chancellor on some – the many things that we have on our agenda.  So very good to be with you.

SECRETARY BLINKEN:  I just want to say how wonderful it is to be here with the foreign minister.  We had a chance to speak on the phone immediately upon her assuming the – assuming office, but this is our first chance to actually connect in person.  The relationship, the partnership between our countries is so vital, and we have a lot to talk about.  I think you probably found what I found when I took on these responsibilities – the inbox is pretty high.  But we’re very glad to be working so closely with you, with the chancellor on some – the many things that we have on our agenda.  So very good to be with you.