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President Joe Biden begins his first visit to the United Nations General Assembly, set to make the case for world leaders that, after closing the book on the 20 Years’ War, America aims to bring allies and opponents closer together. There are many crises to work with, including COVID. -19 pandemic, Climate change and business and economics.

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The president faced a healthy measure of skepticism when he arrived in New York on Monday to begin a week of high-level diplomacy. The early months of his presidency included a series of difficult moments with the Allies who were hoping for more cooperation from Biden after four years of Donald Trump’s “America First” approach to foreign policy.

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Eight months into his presidency, Biden has fallen out of sync with the allies over the chaotic end of the US war in Afghanistan. They have faced differences of opinion about sharing coronavirus vaccines with developing countries and the best way to respond to the pandemic travel restrictions and military and economic moves by China.

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Biden also finds himself in the middle of a Fresh diplomatic dispute with France, The United States’ oldest ally, after announcing plans – along with Britain – to equip Australia with nuclear-powered submarines. The move is expected to give Australia a better ability to patrol the Pacific amid growing concern about the Chinese military’s increasingly aggressive strategy, but it also cost Australia at least $66 billion to sell diesel-powered submarines. Retained the French defense contract.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Monday “Crisis of Faith” With the US as a result of the episode.

Prior to Biden’s arrival, EU Council President Charles Michel strongly criticized the Biden administration for leaving Europe “out of the game in the Indo-Pacific region” and ignoring the underlying elements of the trans-Atlantic alliance – transparency and loyalty. – In return from. Afghanistan and the announcement of the US-UK-Australia alliance.

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Despite such differences, Biden is looking to use a series of face-to-face and larger meetings with world leaders this week to make the case for US leadership globally, along with his Tuesday address at the General Assembly.

“There are points of disagreement, when we disagree with decisions being made by other countries, decision points when countries disagree with decisions we are making,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said. “But the big point here, and you’ll hear the president talking about tomorrow, is that we are committed to those alliances, and that will always require work from every president, from every global leader.”

Biden met with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday evening. In brief remarks at the start of their meeting, Biden praised the international body for “never low on ambition”.

In an interview before the meeting, the Secretary-General told the Associated Press That he was concerned about “absolutely useless” US-China relations and what could lead to a new Cold War. Saki said the administration disagreed with the assessment, adding that the US-China relationship was “not one of conflict but of competition.”

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In his address on Tuesday, Biden called on world leaders to work together on the COVID-19 pandemic, meet past obligations to address climate change, address emerging technology issues, and strengthen regulations. Heavy emphasis is planned. Business matters on the road, White House officials said.

Biden is expected to release new plans to aid global vaccination efforts, and will talk about the US plan to meet its share of the financial commitments that the US and other developed countries made in 2009 to clean poor countries. The move was aimed at helping the adoption of energy technology, an aid that was due to kick in last year, according to a senior administration official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to preview the president’s remarks.

Before he left, the Biden administration announced plans ease foreign travel restrictions Starting in November in the US. The US has largely restricted travel by non-US citizens arriving from Europe since the start of the pandemic, an issue that had become a point of contention in trans-Atlantic relations.

The White House said on Monday that new rules would allow foreigners to provide proof of vaccination and a negative COVID-19 test.

Biden plans to limit his time at the UNGA due to coronavirus concerns. He will meet Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in New York before shifting the remainder of the week’s diplomacy to virtual and Washington settings.

At a virtual COVID-19 summit Biden is hosting Wednesday, leaders will be urged to advance vaccine-sharing commitments, address oxygen shortages around the world and tackle other important pandemic-related issues.

The president is also scheduled to meet with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the White House on Tuesday, and has also invited the prime ministers of Australia, India and Japan, part of a Pacific alliance known as the “Quad”. Known, in Washington on Friday. In addition to a gathering of Quad leaders, Biden will hold one-on-one meetings with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.

Biden is also expected to discuss tensions caused by the US submarine deal with Australia with French President Emmanuel Macron in the coming days.

Saki emphasized the long ties between the two countries, saying that disagreements about “a decision” would not disrupt the relationship or damage the United States’ position across Europe.

“You always have to work on your relationships and that includes global leaders,” Saki said.

Associated Press writers Jonathan Lemire in New York and Edith Lederer at the United Nations contributed reporting.