Pelosi, Congressional Delegation Conclude Visit to 2020 Munich Security Conference

February 16, 2020
Press Release

Munich — Speaker Nancy Pelosi and a high-level congressional delegation have concluded participation in the 2020 Munich Security Conference.  Speaker Pelosi released the following statement:

“Our Congressional delegation came to the 2020 Munich Security Conference to deliver the message that the U.S. commitment to NATO and the transatlantic alliance is ironclad. 

“On our arrival in Munich, our delegation received top-level briefings from U.S. military commanders and diplomats, including operational updates from  NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe / U.S. European Command (EUCOM) General Tod Wolters and U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) Commander General Stephen Townsend.  As ever, we were honored to bring the gratitude of the Congress and the American people to our men and women serving overseas.

“On Friday, I was honored to speak before the Munich Security Conference and engage in a conversation with Bundestag President Wolfgang Schäuble on the state of democracy in the West and the struggle between democracy and autocracy.  I sounded the alarm against the Sinofication of the information highway via the integration of Huawei 5G into our telecommunications infrastructure. 

“On Saturday, we appreciated the opportunity to meet with Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani to discuss efforts to advance peace and stability, to fight the drug trade, and to ensure that negotiations with the Taliban do not set back the progress achieved by Afghan women.  

“Our delegation had a far-ranging conversation with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg and Foreign Minister Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide.  We heard Norway’s perspective on the situation in Afghanistan and the state of peace talks with the Taliban, and also discussed security in the Arctic Circle. 

“Our delegation also had a meeting with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas which focused on our vital NATO partnership with Germany, highlighting Germany’s diplomatic contributions during this critical period of peace negotiations in Afghanistan.  We also directly reiterated our grave security concerns about Germany considering adopting Huawei 5G technology.

“I am grateful to the Members of our distinguished delegation for their valuable contribution to our discussions on national security, economic cooperation and democratic values.”