June 14, 2021 – 08:30
The President of the United States, Joe Biden, is in Brussels today to attend a NATO summit.
Biden will join other alliance leaders and hold a private meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
NATO members have not met face to face since 2018, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The agenda of the discussions is expected to include: troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, relations with Russia and China, defense spending and more.
Ahead of the summit, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said the meeting came “at a crucial moment for the alliance” and for “collective security”, as well as a “unique opportunity” to renew ties.
“We have to respond to many threats and challenges at the same time,” Stoltenberg said.
“Russia and China are again acting against the rule-based international order; the constant threat of terrorism; sophisticated cyber attacks; disruptive technology and climate change. No country and no continent can tackle all these challenges alone. But Europe and North America are not alone. “We stand together in NATO,” Stoltenberg added.
Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump, has often denigrated NATO and threatened to withdraw from the security alliance.
Biden visits Brussels after staying in the UK for a summit of the most industrialized group G7./REL