Foreign Minister Aurelia Frick Visits Washington

On March 11 Foreign Minister Aurelia Frick visited Washington to discuss various matters related to Liechtenstein-US relations. Her visit came after having participated in the opening of the 59th Session of the Commission of the Status of Women at the United Nations in New York.

Ambassador Melanne Verveer and Foreign Minister Aurelia Frick.

In highlighting Liechtenstein's foreign policy focus on women, peace and security, Foreign Minister Frick met with Ambassador Melanne Verveer, Executive Director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security at Georgetown University. The institute examines and highlights the roles and experiences of women in peace and security worldwide through cutting edge research, global convenings and strategic partnerships. Minister Frick and Ambassador Verveer discussed Liechtenstein's ongoing support of the institute since its founding in 2011.

Foreign Minister Frick also met with Dr. John Hamre, President and CEO of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, to discuss Liechtenstein's years-long partnership with CSIS through the Diplomatic Forum, a quarterly series of discussions at CSIS with policy experts offered to ambassadors based in Washington. The two also exchanged views on the current state of transatlantic relations.

Foreign Minister Aurelia Frick with Senator Ron Johnson and Ambassador Claudia Fritsche.

Foreign Minister Frick's visit concluded with a meeting with Senator Ron Johnson, Chairman of the Senate Subommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation. There she focused on Liechtenstein's request to negotiate a tax treaty with the US, presenting points emphasizing how such a treaty could benefit both countries by reducing or eliminating cases of double taxation for businesses and individuals allowing for greater investment and job growth. They also discussed Liechtenstein's partnership and cooperation with the US to fight financial crimes including enhanced agreements that allow for the exchange of information related to tax matters.

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