G20 Meeting

Tillerson’s Diplomatic Debut

  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    The Trump administration has gotten off to a shaky start in terms of foreign policy. All eyes will be on Mr. Tillerson to see if he can win back some trust on his first official trip abroad as U.S. secretary of state.

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    • Germany, which holds the G20 presidency this year, is hosting a meeting of G20 diplomats on Thursday and Friday.
    • The summit will be the first time Rex Tillerson, the U.S. secretary of state, will meet his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, at an official level.
    • Participants are hoping to glean insight into the geopolitical and economic positions of the nascent administration of Donald Trump.
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Rex Tillerson
Rex Tillerson is meeting with his G20 counterparts later on Thursday in Bonn, Germany. Source: AP

World politics are making a stop in Germany, Sigmar Gabriel recently quipped.

Mr. Gabriel, Germany’s vice chancellor and foreign minister, was referring to a meeting of chief diplomats from the world’s 20 largest economies, otherwise known as the G20, which will take place in Bonn this Thursday and Friday. After the meeting, they will continue on to the Munich Security Conference over the weekend.

The guest who is drawing the most attention is undoubtedly Rex Tillerson, the new U.S. secretary of state and a former chief executive of Exxon Mobil. It will be the first time that Mr. Tillerson will meet with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, in his capacity as one of the United States’ top public servants.

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