The US president will attend the G7 summit and NATO summit in June and is also expected to hold bilateral meetings with world leaders.
US President Joe Biden will travel to the UK and Belgium in June for his first overseas trip since taking office, the White House said Friday.
The trip aims to underscore the US President’s “commitment to restoring our alliances, revitalizing transatlantic relations and working closely with our allies,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said.
Biden will attend the Group of Seven (G7) summit on June 11 and 13 in Cornwall, UK, where he will hold bilateral meetings with G7 leaders, including British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the White House said.
From there, Biden will travel to Brussels for the NATO summit on June 14. “President Biden will affirm the US commitment to NATO, transatlantic security and collective defense,” Psaki said. While in Brussels, Biden will also participate in the US-European Union summit, Psaki added.
More recent US presidents have selected North American neighbors for their first cross-border travel, even as former President Donald Trump, whose penchant for unilateral action and open skepticism of the NATO alliance has troubled US allies , made its first stop overseas in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. For Biden, the first trip is meant to turn the page from Trump’s approach to alliances.
“It is both a hands-on opportunity to connect with allies and key partners on shared opportunities and challenges,” Yohannes Abraham, chief of staff and executive secretary of the National Security Council, said in an interview with the Associated Press.
“But it is also an example of something the president was clear about: that the transatlantic alliance is back, that revitalizing it is a key priority, and that transatlantic relations are a solid foundation on which our collective security and shared prosperity are. built. “
Biden held “virtual bilateral” meetings with the leaders of Canada and Mexico in February and March, respectively. The June trip will follow Biden’s first in-person bilateral meetings with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga at the White House last week and next month’s scheduled visit by South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in.
The announcement comes shortly after the conclusion of Biden’s two-day virtual climate summit, in which it received praise from leaders, especially European ones, for the U.S. return to the 2015 Paris climate agreement and re-engagement on a number of other issues of concern.
The trip will mark Biden’s most ambitious travel schedule yet since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, as the president has sought to model safe behavior for the nation.