Vice President Kamala Harris Heads to Switzerland for Ukraine Peace Summit

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Written By Lori Walker

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Later this month, Vice President Kamala Harris will travel to Switzerland for the Summit on Peace in Ukraine, as stated by the White House.

At the peace summit on June 15 at Burgenstock Resort in Lucerne, Switzerland, Harris will talk about how the U.S. is committed to helping Ukraine achieve a fair and lasting peace. This commitment is based on Ukraine’s sovereignty, its right to control its own territory, and the principles of the U.N. Charter.

The U.S. delegation at the summit will include Vice President Harris and National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan. Meanwhile, President Joe Biden will be at a fundraising event in Los Angeles with former President Barack Obama and actors George Clooney and Julia Roberts.

This summit is part of a series of important discussions and will happen right after the 50th G7 summit in Italy’s Puglia region from June 13 to 15.

Previously, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky had asked President Biden to come to Switzerland to help promote peace, along with China’s President Xi Jinping.

During her time in Switzerland, Vice President Harris will show support for Ukraine as it defends itself against Russian aggression.

John Kirby, the National Security Communications Adviser, defended President Biden’s decision not to attend the June 15 summit, saying that despite challenges in Congress, Biden has been firm in supporting Ukraine.

The announcement from the White House comes as President Biden prepares to visit France for the first time as president to commemorate the 80th anniversary of D-Day.

Kirby emphasized that Biden has been a strong supporter of Ukraine, and Vice President Harris and Sullivan are going to Switzerland to ensure that the U.S. is represented at the summit.

Switzerland’s Federal Department of Foreign Affairs expressed satisfaction with Vice President Harris’s participation in the upcoming summit.

Kirby reiterated that the United States remains committed to supporting Ukraine, regardless of who attends the summit.

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