On Monday, President Biden highlighted the theme of his two-day trip to the United Nations by emphasizing the need for international cooperation before his meeting with United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
“The enormity of the task lies ahead for each of us and it is real, but the vision of the United Nations has never been short on ambition,” Biden said moments before the meeting.
“Ambition matters,” Biden continued, calling on world leaders to work together and deliver “economic prosperity, peace and security” around the world.
Guterres praised the president for his “strong commitment” to the United Nations and multilateralism.
“Cooperation between the United States and the UN is a fundamental pillar of the UN’s work,” he said. “The United States with its strong commitment to human rights, its strong commitment to peace and security around the world, its strong commitment to development, cooperation and now, with its leadership, a very strong commitment to climate change , The United States represents a fundamental pillar of our activity ”, he said.
“And I would like to assure you, Mr. President, that we want to deepen that cooperation,” he said.
Neither of them responded to questions shouted by the press.
Biden’s meeting with Guterres comes before his first speech as president at the UN General Assembly on Tuesday morning.
The president will speak about how ending the 20-year war in Afghanistan has opened a new era of “intensive diplomacy” with nations working together to solve problems like COVID-19, climate change and infrastructure.
Mister. Biden will also underscore his message that “America is back” after what he previously described as the unreliable leadership of his predecessor, Donald Trump. However, that message has been affected by his mistakes in foreign policy.
The president ignored pleas from other nations to extend his self-imposed Aug. 31 deadline to leave Afghanistan, and France is furious after the United States undermined a multi-million dollar submarine pact it had signed with Australia.
The reaction of world leaders after Biden’s speech could suggest whether they are willing to move on or still harbor complaints about how those events unfolded.