Briefing En Route Abu Dhabi, UAE

Special Briefing
Victoria Nuland
Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
June 8, 2011

MS. NULAND: Okay. So we are headed to Abu Dhabi for the third Contact Group meeting. As you know, these have been happening monthly, alternating between Europe and the region. The first was in Doha, then in Rome, and now in Abu Dhabi. With each meeting, international pressure is growing and momentum is building for change in Libya. Not only does the Contact Group allow us to sustain the coalition, it also allows us to reinvest all these countries in our common effort and to concert views on our next steps.

And while the main focus of this meeting is obviously on Libya, the Secretary will also have a chance to use her meetings with a broad cross-section of European and Arab partners to talk about the evolving situations in Syria, Yemen and Bahrain and to sustain our support for the democratic transitions in Egypt and Tunisia.

More broadly, the Contact Group reflects the President and the Secretary’s model for diplomacy in the 21st century. It’s a flexible mechanism which allows us to build and sustain a broad coalition of like-minded states and international organizations which are united in common purpose to advance a shared agenda of peace, security, and democratic reform, and to translate that agenda into common action.

PRN: 2011/T48-01