Biden to present his vision of American foreign policy to the United Nations General Assembly with democracy as his « trademark »
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President Biden will address the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Wednesday morning, where he plans to outline his « vision for American foreign policy and principled leadership in the world, » while offering a « strong rebuke of Russia’s war on Ukraine and urging the world to continue to oppose its aggression.
White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said the president arrived in New York « with the wind at his back. »
“We are making historic investments here at home. Our alliances are as strong or stronger than they have been in modern memory. Our strong united support for Ukraine has helped Ukrainians repel Russian aggression” , Sullivan said Tuesday during the president’s presentation. addressed to journalists.
“And we are leading the world in response to the most important transnational challenges facing the world, from global health and global food security, to global supply chains and tackling the climate crisis.
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“Meanwhile, our competitors are facing increasingly strong headwinds, and neither President Xi nor President Putin is even showing up for this global gathering,” Sullivan added.
During his speech, Biden is expected to stress the importance of strengthening the United Nations, continuing to invest in and addressing global food insecurity and explaining how the United States has « restored global leadership and integrity » on the World Scene.
Sullivan said Biden will stress the importance of continuing to oppose Russian efforts and « standing firmly with Ukraine and the Ukrainian people. »
« Among other things, he will offer a strong rebuke of Russia’s unjust war in Ukraine and appeal to the world to continue to oppose the naked aggression we have seen in recent months, » Sullivan said.
When asked if Biden would discuss taking steps to remove Russia from the UN Security Council, Sullivan said it was « not something » Biden would raise during his speech. , but stressed that « the world can see that when a permanent member acts in this way, it strikes at the heart of the UN Security Council. »
« And so that should lead to everybody putting pressure on Moscow to change course, » Sullivan said.
Regarding China and Taiwan, Sullivan argued that the Biden administration continues to « support the one-China policy, » and also continues to « oppose unilateral changes to the status quo » and defend « the peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait ».
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“The president reiterated these fundamental commitments each time he spoke about Taiwan,” Sullivan said.
Sullivan said Biden will address his support for « democracy and his belief that democracy, not autocracy, is the model that delivers best both for its own citizens and against transnational challenges. »
« This will continue to be a hallmark of President Biden’s foreign policy and a hallmark of any major speech he makes on this subject, » Sullivan said, adding that for every country in the world, whether of a democracy or an autocracy, « they ‘We have all adhered to the principles of the Charter of the United Nations.’
Last year, in his first speech at the UNGA, Biden said the world was at « a turning point in history » and called it a « decisive decade » in which United States intended « to take the lead in all the greatest challenges of our time ». »
Biden addressed a number of shared global challenges — as he plans to do on Wednesday — including the COVID-19 pandemic, terrorism, nuclear proliferation, emerging technologies and climate change.
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Since his first speech, Russia has launched a months-long war against Ukraine, and China has become increasingly aggressive in the Indo-Pacific.
On nuclear proliferation, the Biden administration has begun negotiations to revive the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, known as the Iran nuclear deal. The Iran nuclear deal contains no provisions to stop Tehran’s sponsorship of terrorism around the world.
Former President Trump’s administration pulled out of the deal in 2018.
During his speech, Biden will communicate that the United States is ready for « mutual compliance » and a return to the JCPOA.
“If Iran is prepared to be serious about meeting its obligations and accepting this formula, we could have a deal,” Sullivan said, adding that the Biden administration will have “opportunities” to consult with European allies in New York during the UNGA.
« Iran, of course, will have its own engagements, not with any US delegation, but with other delegations, including European ones, » Sullivan said. « We’ll see if anything comes of it. »
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Sullivan added, « I don’t expect a breakthrough in New York because it’s not the main venue to push the jackpot. »
Iran is not invited to the UNGA leaders’ reception, Sullivan confirmed.
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi told CBS News’ « 60 Minutes » last week that he thought there was little difference between Biden’s nuclear stance and Trump’s.
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« The new administration in the United States, they claim they’re different from the Trump administration, » Raisi said. « They told us in their messages. But we haven’t seen any change in reality. »