June 03, 2021 – 23:52
President Joe Biden is expected to tour Europe later this month, in what will be his first trip abroad since taking office.
In a statement Thursday, the White House announced that Mr. Biden will meet with world leaders in Britain, Belgium and Switzerland during his European tour from June 10 to 16.
“This trip will highlight the U.S. commitment to rebuilding our alliances, reviving transatlantic relations, and building close cooperation with our allies and multilateral partners to address global challenges and better guarantee “America’s interests,” said White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki in a statement.
On June 10, President Biden is expected to meet with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and attend the G-7 Summit held June 11-13 in Cornwall County, South West England.
Mr Biden will meet with Queen Elizabeth on June 13 before heading to Brussels, Belgium, for the NATO summit on June 14. During the summit he will “confirm the United States’ commitment to NATO, transatlantic security and collective defense,” Ms. Psaki said.
During his stay in Brussels, Mr. Biden is also expected to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan “to discuss a range of bilateral and regional issues” as well as to attend the US-EU Summit on June 15. The summit is expected to discuss, among others, issues of health security, global economic recovery and climate change.
President Biden will also meet with King Philippe of Belgium and Prime Minister Alexander De Croo.
“During his European trip, US President Biden will also stop in Geneva, Switzerland,” where he is expected to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on June 16, “Psaki said.
Mr. Biden will also meet with Swiss President Guy Parmel and Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis./VOA