Cotton attending Munich Security Conference


WASHINGTON — Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Dardanelle, is attending the Munich Security Conference this weekend where Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to speak Saturday.

Cotton, a member of the House Foreign Relations Committee, is among some 350 participants from 40 countries taking part in the three-day discussion of global security issues in Munich, Germany.

The program included a panel discussion on Friday evening on how America’s oil and gas boom is changing the geopolitics of energy. Panel participants included the head of Royal Dutch Shell, Russia’s energy minister and the energy commissioner for the European Union.

Biden will deliver a speech on Saturday on the future of the Euro-Atlantic security community. A session on cyber security is also scheduled Saturday.

Biden met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel Friday in Berlin before traveling to Munich.

On Sunday, the conference will have panel discussions on the current crises in Mali and Syria.

The Munich Security Conference was founded in 1963 and has grown into one of the most important annual gatherings for policymakers interested in international security.

Fourteen members of Congress are attending the event.