Baku. 8 February. REPORT.AZ/ The conference agenda for the 54th Munich Security Conference (MSC) 2018 will focus in particular on the future role of the European Union as a global actor and its relations with Russia as well as the United States.
Report informs referring to the website of the Conference.
In addition, the growing threat to the liberal international order, the numerous conflicts in the Middle East – especially the deteriorating relations between the Gulf States - and political developments in the Sahel region will be discussed. Moreover, arms control issues will be a point of emphasis, in particular the tensions over North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.
Among this year's confirmed participants are UN Secretary-General António Guterres, EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.
The US government will be represented in Munich by Secretary of Defense General James Mattis and National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster. The US Congressional delegation will be led by Senators John McCain, Sheldon Whitehouse, and Robert Corker.
Many heads of state and heads of government have already announced their participation. These include Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Rwandan President Paul Kagame as well as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Theresa May and her Austrian counterpart Chancellor Sebastian Kurz. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi are also expected to visit Munich.
In addition, numerous foreign and defense ministers will be in attendance, including the Foreign Ministers of Iran and Saudi Arabia, Mohammad Javad Zarif and Adel Al-Jubeir, their counterparts from Russia and Turkey, Sergey Lavrov and Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, as well as Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Błaszczak, Italian Defense Minister Roberta Pinotti, Spanish Defense Minister María Dolores de Cospedal García, and Australian Defense Minister Marise Payne.