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Biden looks to turn page on 20 years of war in UN address

28 3 7

NEW YORK (AP) — US President Joe Biden began his first visit to the UN General Assembly ready to make the case to world leaders that after closing the book on 20 years of war, the US aims to rally allies and adversaries to work together on a slew of crises, including the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and trade and economics.

The president faced a healthy measure of skepticism when he arrived in New York on Monday to start a week of high-level diplomacy. The opening months of his presidency have included a series of difficult moments with friendly nations that were expecting greater cooperation from Biden following four years of Donald Trump’s “America first” approach to foreign policy.

To that end, soon after arriving in New York Monday evening, the president’s first stop was to meet with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to offer endorsements for the body’s relevance and multilateral coordination.

Biden, in brief remarks at the start of the meeting, said the assembly’s commitment to achieving “prosperity, peace and security for everyone” was as important as ever with the coronavirus pandemic and climate change casting large shadows around the globe.

“The vision of the United Nations has never been short on ambition, any more than our Constitution,” Biden said.

But eight months into his presidency, Biden has been out of sync with allies on the chaotic ending to the US war in Afghanistan. He has faced differences over how to go about sharing coronavirus vaccines with the developing world and over pandemic travel restrictions. And there are questions about the best way to respond to military and economic moves by China.

Biden also finds himself in the midst of a fresh diplomatic spat with France, the United States’ oldest ally, after........

© The Times of Israel

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