He arrived at UN headquarters on Tuesday morning with an entourage of aides – ignoring reporters’ questions.
Biden will address the conference on the heels of the frenzied US withdrawal from Afghanistan and after relations with a key ally, France, were disrupted over a submarine deal with Australia. The border crisis has emerged as a top problem domestically.
“The president will essentially deliver the message that ending the war in Afghanistan has closed a chapter focused on war and opened a chapter focused on targeted, effective, intense U.S. diplomacy, defined by working with allies and partners to solve problems that cannot be solved by military force and that require the cooperation of many countries around the world, as well as non-state actors from the private sector and non-governmental organizations and international institutions,” said a senior government official Monday, ahead of Biden’s comments.
Biden arrived in New York on Monday afternoon and met UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday evening.
“America is back. We believe in the United Nations and its values,” Biden said, trying to compare his White House to that of his predecessor, President Donald Trump.
President Joe Biden arrives Tuesday morning at United Nations headquarters in New York, where he will deliver a speech to the UN General Assembly
President Joe Biden (right) met with United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres (left) in New York Monday night, ahead of his address to the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday morning.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres (left) and President Joe Biden (right) are photographed Monday night with their aides at the Intercontinental Barclay Hotel in New York
Trump carried out an “America First” agenda during his four years in office – and viewed multi-state organizations like the UN and NATO with skepticism.
During their first in-person meeting, Guterres said he was “delighted” to meet the US president, saying Biden “clearly affirmed a strong commitment to the UN.”
“The United Nations’ vision has never lacked ambition, any more than our constitution,” Biden said. “Ambition matters.”
“Today, governments must continue to work together in a system that builds on international law to provide equal prosperity, peace and security for all,” Biden continued. “This is just as important and important today as it was 76 years ago,” Biden told aides and reporters in the room, noting that he recently re-read the UN charter.
The duo took no questions, and neither man brought up comments Guterres made over the weekend saying he feared another Cold War – this time between the US and China – because the countries have had a “completely dysfunctional relationship” of late. ‘ had.
Prior to Biden’s arrival in New York, press secretary Jen Psaki said the president will make “absolutely clear” during his UNGA speech that he does not want to start a Cold War with any country.
President Joe Biden (right) greets new New York Governor Kathy Hochul (left) Monday night on the tarmac of John F. Kennedy International Airport, where he is also greeted by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (center right) ) and his wife Chirlane McCray (center left)
Biden waves from the stairs before boarding Air Force One bound for New York City, where he will meet Guterres Monday night, ahead of his Tuesday appearance at UNGA
Biden waved to the viewing press as he left the White House on Monday for New York City, where he will address the United Nations General Assembly for the first time on Tuesday as president.
“I also note that the President will be making a speech tomorrow… at the UN General Assembly and he will make it absolutely clear that he is not looking for a future, new Cold War with any country in the world.” said Psaki. ‘We will continue to represent our interests. We will continue to set global priorities, but that is not the goal or the policy of the United States.”
A senior government official pressed this point during a talk with reporters Monday.
“And the speech will focus on the statement that we are closing the chapter on 20 years of war and opening a chapter of intense diplomacy by rallying allies, partners and institutions to tackle the great challenges of our time,” the official said before he tapped them off.
“COVID-19, climate change, emerging technologies, traffic regulations in trade and economics, investment in clean, uncorrupted and high-quality infrastructure, a modern approach to counter-terrorism and strong competition with major powers – but not a new Cold War,” he said. the White House official.
When Biden arrived in New York, he was greeted by the state’s new governor, Kathy Hochul, along with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife Chirlane McCray.
He will only stay in New York until Tuesday afternoon, before returning to the White House to receive British Prime Minister Boris Johnson for a bilateral meeting.
On Wednesday, Biden will host a virtual COVID-19 summit as part of UNGA — again from the White House.
On Friday, Biden will host the first in-person Quad Summit with leaders from Australia, India and Japan.
He will meet Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on the sidelines of the summit on Tuesday.
“He couldn’t do all three in one day and do the Quad Summit, so he’s seeing Prime Minister Morrison in New York tomorrow,” the White House official said Monday.
He will also have one-on-one meetings with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Friday.