Joe Biden to defend democracies in security meeting speech

  • Joe Biden to defend democracies in security meeting speech

Joe Biden to defend democracies in security meeting speech

The call with G7 leaders at 1400 GMT is a chance for Biden, a Democrat who took over as president from Republican Donald Trump on January 20, to project a message of re-engagement with the world and with global institutions after four years of his predecessor's "America First" policies.

"I'm sending a clear message to the world".

Earlier, Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said preparations were underway for the first call between President Volodymyr Zelensky and President Joe Biden.

"The transatlantic alliance is back, we are not looking back, we are looking forward together".

An administration official who briefed reporters said the new USA president is trying to reassure allies and adversaries America is committed to global alliances.

"Our partnerships have endured and grown through the years, because they are rooted in the richness of our shared democratic values", Biden told the security conference.

He "will also discuss the global economic recovery, including the importance of all industrial countries maintaining economic support for the recovery" and "the importance of updating global roles to tackle economic challenges such as those posed by China", Psaki said. Trump withdrew the USA from the agreement in 2017.

"We have learned actually over the course of the past four years, that democracy, as he will put it, doesn't happen by accident - that we have to work at it, that we need to fight for it", the official said.

On coronavirus vaccines, Biden pledged an additional $2 billion to the COVAX worldwide vaccine-access initiative, a vow that comes as wealthy nations have faced criticism for not helping to deploy coronavirus vaccines faster in the developing world.

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Rolling back Trump's nationalist policies has already become a hallmark of Biden's short time at the White House. He plans to join them for an in-person summit hosted by Britain this summer, the official told reporters. "The Kremlin attacks our democracies and weaponizes corruption to try to undermine our system of governance", he said.

And while Trump launched a combative, bilateral trade war with China, Biden planned to work with G-7 leaders to pursue a multilateral approach to trying to put an end to China's "non-market-oriented policies and practices", a senior administration official said. "Everyone, everyone must play by the same rules". "We want to come up with a diplomatic solution to the Iranian nuclear program".

Biden won't get into a specific timetable for negotiations with Iran but generally express an openness to reengaging in diplomacy to bring Iran back into compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal. "We will work with our European and other partners as we proceed".

© Christopher Black/WHO via Reuters, FILE Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization attends a news conference on the outbreak of coronavirus disease in Geneva, Switzerland, Feb. 12, 2021.

"The fear is not that we do too much, it's that we do too little", the official said.

U.S. President Joe Biden has called on partners to stand up for Ukraine, which has been suffering against Russian aggression. He did not say whether he would stick to the deal.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is keen to build ties with Biden, who did not support Brexit and who, as a presidential candidate, past year publicly warned Britain against endangering peace in Ireland.

He has returned the United States to worldwide agreements and organizations his predecessor left - including the World Health Organization and the Paris climate accord, which the USA officially became a party to again on Friday after Trump had pulled it out.

His strong criticisms of Russian Federation marked a shift for the United States, after four years in which allies had been perplexed by Trump's coziness with President Vladimir Putin despite the geopolitical threat posed by Moscow.