The United States and Germany are partnering to combat Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism, an effort US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said “will ensure that current and future generations learn about and learn from the Holocaust.” “
Speaking Thursday at the Memorial of the Killed Jews of Europe in Berlin, Blinken said Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism go hand in hand with homophobia, xenophobia, racism and other forms of discrimination, and “a rallying cry for those Have become those who want to tear down our democracy.”
“That’s why we have to find new ways to bring the history of the Holocaust to life, not only to understand the past, but to guide our present and shape our future,” Blinken said.
He and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas signed a document on the partnership. Blinken said the two governments would work to strengthen education and combat denial and distortion, helping public servants and youth to understand the Holocaust and anti-Semitism more deeply and feel a responsibility to stop the atrocities.
Blinken said, “This dialogue will help us remember all that can be lost, but will also help us see what we can save – if we choose – to stand up for rather than stand up.” “
Earlier on Thursday, Blinken and Libya’s interim Prime Minister Abdulhamid Dabeba held talks in Berlin on the heels of an international conference focused on supporting Libya’s transition to a stable, stable government.
“I am very pleased to have the opportunity to see you, to see the External Affairs Minister, to see your delegation, especially after our very good, good day yesterday, which I think again demonstrated very strong support. International The United Nations for the community, Libya, for a strong, positive future as a unified, independent, stable country without any foreign interference, Blinken said at the start of Thursday’s meeting.
Wednesday’s conference, organized by Germany and the United Nations, included officials from 17 countries and strengthened support for national elections in Libya to be held in late December.
A senior US State Department official told reporters on Wednesday that the elections are important “not only to legitimize a long-term, credible Libyan government”, but aim to fulfill an existing call for all foreign fighters to leave the country. also to help achieve. .
“A fully empowered, legitimate Libyan government would be in a much stronger position to turn to some of these foreign actors and say, ‘Thank you very much, this is our country now and we want to be the one defining security cooperation. . Relationships that we are going to have and they have not been imposed on us,” the official said.
“All foreign forces and mercenaries need to be withdrawn from Libya without delay,” an official statement from conference participants said, but Turkey noted its reservations at that point.
The senior State Department official said Turkey sees its personnel in Libya acting as trainers based on an agreement with a previous interim government, a government of national agreement recognized by the United Nations.
Libya has experienced political instability since the NATO-backed uprising of 2011, which ousted longtime leader Moammar Gaddafi from power. Rival governments operated in different parts of the country for years before a ceasefire agreement in October, which included calls for all foreign fighters and mercenaries to leave Libya within 90 days.
‘real world’ solutions
At a news conference after Wednesday’s conference, Libyan Foreign Minister Najla Mangoush said progress had been made towards the exit of foreign fighters and “hopefully to withdraw mercenaries from both sides in the coming days”. ”
A senior US State Department official told reporters that achieving that goal is an important step that now “has to be made functional.”
“There’s a process here, and saying, ‘Sab means all and they all left tonight – why didn’t they go tonight? Will they leave tomorrow night?’ In a real-world situation like Libya, frankly, there is no realistic approach,” the official said.
Next stop France, then Italy
Blinken is on a multi-nation tour, after which he heads to France to meet with President Emmanuel Macron, following US President Joe Biden’s recent meetings with allies in the region to boost transatlantic ties.
“This is indeed an opportunity for Secretary Blinken to reiterate the President’s message and speak with our oldest colleague about areas of cooperation, which include global security, again, recovering from the pandemic, and repairing and modernizing our alliances. Acting Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Philipp Rieker, told reporters on Monday.
The focus of a conference in Rome co-hosted by Blinken and Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio will be to defeat Islamic State. Top US diplomats will also attend a ministerial meeting in Italy to discuss Syria and the humanitarian needs in that country.
Blinken is also scheduled to visit the Vatican, where Riker said the agenda includes combating climate change and human trafficking.