From relations with Latin America to the Trans-Atlantic bond; from United States-European Union cooperation to the promotion of women’s rights, to the political and economic situation in the Balkans. These were some of the key issues discussed by Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs Marta Dassù during her visit to Washington from 21 to 23 February 2012.
During her two days in the US capital, Under-Secretary Dassù had meetings with Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns and the Assistant Secretary for Europe, Phil Gordon. With both she discussed the situation in the Balkans, focusing in particular on the outlook for Serbia-EU relations.
Under-Secretary Dassù also met the Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, Melanne Verveer.
Her visit included talks with key figures from distinguished Washington think tanks. She also took part in a round table at the Brookings Institution on the impact of the economic-financial situation on the European Union’s foreign policy.
Under-Secretary Dassù commented with great satisfaction on the outcome of her visit to the US capital. “People here showed great interest in Italy’s role in the Balkans. I found them fully in tune with us on the importance of the region achieving fuller integration with the European Union. We also discussed the possibility of a series of joint programmes in Latin America, including in the security sector”.