Before the G7 summit, Joe and Jill Biden landed in East England. In addition to bilateral meetings with Prime Minister Johnson and Chancellor Merkel, the US President and his First Lady also visit the Queen.
US President Joe Biden called for the start of his trip to Europe to defend democracy and underlined the leadership of the United States. “I think we are at a turning point in world history,” said Biden on Wednesday in front of US soldiers at the Mildenhall Air Force Base in eastern England, which is used by the US military. “You know better than anyone that democracy does not come about by chance. We have to defend it. We have to strengthen it.” The US President added: “We need to discredit those who believe that the age of democracy is over.”
Two days before the start of the G7 summit in Cornwall, US President and First Lady Jill Biden arrived in the UK on Wednesday evening. It is Biden’s first trip abroad since he took office in January. A bilateral meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is planned in Cornwall on Thursday. The heads of state and government of the seven leading western industrial nations meet from Friday to Sunday in the seaside resort of Carbis Bay.
Biden and Johnson want to create a new set of values
Johnson and US President Joe Biden want to agree a new Atlantic Charter at their meeting, defining several areas in which they “work together for the good of mankind,” as the government announced in London late on Wednesday evening.
The document is intended to follow the Atlantic Charter, which British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and US President Franklin D. Roosevelt agreed in 1941 during the Second World War. The resolutions are seen as paving the way for the United Nations and NATO. Great Britain and the USA have been close allies for decades, cultivating a “special relationship”.
Many elements of the new covenant were based on common values, such as the defense of democracy, the importance of collective security and the building of fair and sustainable global trading systems, the communication said. In addition, the charter will also take into account new dangers such as cyber crime, climate change and pandemics. “Just as our countries worked together to rebuild the world after World War II, so will we use our combined strength to meet the daunting challenges the earth is facing today.”
Johnson stressed that the UK-US cooperation was vital to post-corona recovery and “the future of world stability and prosperity.” “Eighty years ago the US President and the UK Prime Minister stood side by side on the promise of a better future. Today we do the same,” said the Prime Minister.
Speaking to the US soldiers on Wednesday, Biden said of his program: “At every point along the way we will make it clear that the United States is back and the democracies of the world stand together to address the toughest challenges and issues facing us our future are most important. ” The US sees itself obliged to “lead with strength,” stressed Biden. “Our alliances were not built by coercion or maintained by threats. They are based on democratic ideals, a shared vision of the future.”
Bidens meet the Queen
On the sidelines of the G7 summit, Biden also wants to sit down with Chancellor Angela Merkel. At the end of their visit to Great Britain, the US President and First Lady will be received by Queen Elizabeth II on Sunday at Windsor Castle near London. On Monday, Biden will take part in the NATO summit in Brussels, where the next day a high-level meeting with EU representatives is on the program. A highly anticipated summit meeting of Biden with Russian President Vladimir Putin will take place in Geneva on Wednesday next week, before the US president returns to Washington.
On Monday, Biden will take part in the NATO summit in Brussels, where the next day a high-level meeting with EU representatives is on the program. A highly anticipated summit meeting of Biden with Russian President Vladimir Putin will take place in Geneva on Wednesday next week, before the US president returns to Washington.