President Biden’s speech to United Nations General Assembly will focus on COVID-19, climate
President Biden delivers his first speech to delegates at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday morning, a speech the administration says will address a range of issues including COVID-19, climate change, withdrawal from Afghanistan and what one official called “vigorous competition” with the nation’s competitors.
Biden is expected to speak at 10 a.m. ET. You can watch the speech here:
Speaking at the annual gathering of UN world leaders in New York, Biden will try to convince a global audience that “America is back”, though some allies say he broke his promises to strengthen the traditional alliances of the United States.
The abrupt withdrawal of US military forces and diplomatic personnel from Afghanistan came despite Britain’s urging that US troops stay longer.
A senior administration official who briefed reporters said Biden’s speech at the UN “will focus on the proposition that we close the chapter on 20 years of war and open a chapter of intensive diplomacy by bringing together allies, partners and institutions to face the major challenges of our time. “
Meanwhile, France recalled its ambassador to Washington last week following the surprise announcement that the United States would share nuclear submarine technology with Australia, undermining a $ 60 billion deal. for the diesel submarines that France had with the government in Canberra.
There have also been concerns that the Biden administration is pushing for COVID-19 booster shots for Americans as much of the world so far lacks enough vaccines to give their citizens a single shot. The White House is hosting a virtual summit on COVID on Wednesday.
Biden will keep his time in New York City brief due to COVID-related issues. He plans to meet Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison there and hold further meetings later in the week at the White House.
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