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Biden to visit Belgium, UK in the first overseas trip as president

Biden to visit Belgium, UK in the first overseas trip as president


President Joe Biden greets aboard Air Force One before departing from Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on February 5, 2021.

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President Joe Biden will make his first overseas trip as president in June as he heads to the UK and Belgium for crucial meetings with allied nations, the White House said Friday.

This news comes during Biden’s virtual climate summit with global leaders as he pushes for greenhouse gas emissions reductions. Biden on Thursday promised to cut U.S. emissions by at least 50% by 2030.

The Biden administration has said it will seek to restore ties with various allies in the wake of President Donald Trump’s often tumultuous relations with other nations. Trump criticized other NATO nations, saying they weren’t paying their fair share on defense spending.

Biden will begin his journey by speaking at the G-7 summit in Cornwall, UK, where he will also hold bilateral meetings with leaders such as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. That summit will be held from 11 to 13 June.

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The president will work to “advance key US political priorities in public health, economic recovery and climate change and demonstrate solidarity and shared values ​​among major democracies,” the White House statement read.

Biden will then travel to Brussels to attend NATO and US-EU meetings, where he intends to further promote American interests. The NATO meeting is set for June 14th.

A topic for NATO discussion may be Russia’s recent escalation of its troop presence on the Ukrainian border to its highest level since 2014. However, Russia on Thursday ordered those troops to start returning to their own. bases after what he called a successful completion. “snap inspection”.

Another potential talking point could be the withdrawal of NATO military forces from Afghanistan, where the alliance’s resolute non-combat support mission has been helping Afghan troops since 2015.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said further details about Biden’s trip would come, “including potential additional elements”.