The Munich Security Conference is being postponed because of considerations over the coronavirus pandemic, organizers introduced on Wednesday.
“We have now no alternative however to postpone. However I promise: there will probably be an actual [Munich Security Conference] in 2021,” convention chairman Wolfgang Ischinger mentioned on Twitter.
He added that organizers are engaged on presenting a “high-level digital occasion” for February 19 when the convention was initially purported to happen.
The worldwide safety coverage convention takes place in February yearly within the southern German metropolis of Munich.
Hopes for a Biden look
Ischinger advised information company DPA that he hopes that the convention might probably happen in April on the soonest.
“As a result of pandemic, now we have to plan for a number of situations. That features an choice with fewer members,” he mentioned.
Convention organizers additionally hope that US President-elect Joe Biden will attend after he’s sworn in. Biden has made regular appearances at the conference since 1980 and most not too long ago attended in 2019l.
“There’s appreciable curiosity within the Biden group to proceed the appearances of the previous senator and vp throughout his presidency. And I’ve acquired concrete indications of this,” Ischinger mentioned.
If Biden’s attendance had been confirmed, he can be the primary sitting US president to attend within the convention’s over 55-year historical past.
The multi-day occasion brings collectively the world’s safety and protection elite, and generally referred to as the “Davos for protection.”
rs/rc (dpa, Reuters)