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US seeks to mend ties with Europe

IANS  |  Washington 

The US has announced that Deputy will visit five European nations staring Friday and seek to mend bilateral ties with them.

Starting February 16 upto February 23, the tour is aimed at mending cross-Atlantic ties that have been strained after the assumed office in January 2017, reported.

Sullivan will arrive in on February 16 to attend the Security Conference, kicking off his visit to Germany, Italy, Ukraine, and

He will participate in a nuclear security and arms control panel discussion with foreign government officials to reaffirm the US stance on global nuclear security.

Sullivan will then travel to to talk about cooperation on Ukraine, and the Islamic State (IS), and deliver remarks at the to discuss US-Italian cooperation on global security issues.

He will visit on February 21 to meet Ukrainian Petro Poroshenko, and

The will stress the importance of speeding up credible economic and anti-corruption reforms and also underscore US support for its sovereignty and territorial integrity, according to the State Department on Wednesday.

His next stop will be in on February 22 where he will meet senior Latvian officials to reaffirm commitment to NATO's Article 5, which considers an attack against one ally to be an attack on all allies.

will be his last stop on February 23. Sullivan will participate in the Sahel donors' conference and discuss US continued support for the development, security and political issues of the African region.

Bilateral discords have surfaced around the US' withdrawal from the climate accord, Washington's recognition of as the Israeli capital, and its constant push for to increase the latter's share of defence expenses.

For their part, European nations complained about the US doing little to curb Moscow's move on the issue, which they see as an act of blatant aggression.



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First Published: Thu, February 15 2018. 12:08 IST