Biden speech at UN to stress US focus on 'intensive diplomacy', official says

Biden speech at UN to stress US focus on 'intensive diplomacy', official says

20/9/2021 11:03:00 PM

Biden speech at UN to stress US focus on 'intensive diplomacy', official says

WASHINGTON: US President Joe Biden will use his speech at the United Nations on Tuesday (Sep 20) to stress that ending the military engagement in Afghanistan will open a new chapter of \u0022intensive diplomacy,\u0022 a senior administration official said. Biden was to leave the White House on Monday after

WASHINGTON: US President Joe Biden will use his speech at the United Nations on Tuesday (Sep 20) to stress that ending the military engagement in Afghanistan will open a new chapter of"intensive diplomacy," a senior administration official said.

China warns of further spread in latest COVID-19 flare-up Singapore reports 3,383 new COVID-19 cases and 15 more deaths 3,383 new Covid-19 cases in S’pore; 15 more deaths bring tally to 315

Biden was to leave the White House on Monday afternoon to travel to New York to kick off a week that will be dominated by foreign policy, amid questions about his handling of the US pullout from Afghanistan and a submarine deal with Australia that has angered France.

Biden is to meet UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres late on Monday afternoon, give his first speech as president to the UN General Assembly at mid-morning on Tuesday, meet Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison afterward in New York, then return to Washington to meet British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. headtopics.com

The senior official told reporters that Biden wants to speak on the phone with French President Emmanuel Macron to discuss Macron's anger at a deal reached between the United States, Australia and Britain last week in which Washington will supply advanced technology to Australia for nuclear-powered submarines.

The deal is aimed at helping Australia counter the rising influence of China in the Indo-Pacific region, but it undermined a French deal to supply Australia with a dozen diesel-powered submarines. France has complained it felt stabbed in the back by the agreement.

Biden understands the French position but does not agree with it, the official said. US officials say Australia had sought the US technology.The speech gives Biden his biggest opportunity to date to talk about the direction of US foreign policy following criticism at home and abroad that the US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan in August was chaotic and poorly planned, leaving behind some US citizens and Afghan allies who could face reprisals from the Taliban now in power.

The official said the pullout allows the United States to focus on other priorities."The president will essentially drive home the message that ending the war in Afghanistan closed a chapter focused on war and opens a chapter focused on ... purposeful, effective, intensive American diplomacy," the official said. headtopics.com

Myanmar junta says UN rights report on country 'incitement to violence' The Big Read: As ‘pandemic drinking’ hits globally, some Singaporeans turn to alcohol to cope with COVID-19 boredom, stress More than S$2 million worth of e-vaporisers and components seized in record haul

Biden's meetings and remarks would be aimed at sending the message that this is an era of"vigorous competition with great powers, but not a new Cold War," the official said.Biden will also up the US commitments on climate change and COVID-19 vaccine donations, the official said, without providing specifics.

"President Biden will communicate tomorrow that he does not believe in the notion of a new Cold War with the world divided into blocs. He believes in vigorous, intensive, principled competition that does not tip over into conflict," the official said. Biden stressed the same message in a Sep 9 call with Chinese President Xi Jinping, the official said.

Read more: CNA »

Covid-19: Healthcare system still under pressure as hospitalised patients, ICU cases continue to rise, says MOH

Netanyahu suggests on Facebook that Biden fell asleep meeting new Israeli PMJERUSALEM: Israel\u0027s former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu suggested in a Facebook video posted on Sunday (Sep 19) that US President Joe Biden had fallen asleep when meeting the new Israeli leader Naftali Bennett last month. A Reuters fact check previously debunked the idea that Biden dozed off May be Biden was busy all night with Jill the night before?

Biden asks for early talks with Macron amid submarine rowPARIS: US President Joe Biden has requested early talks with French President Emmanuel Macron, France said on Sunday (Sep 19), in an apparent effort to mend fences after a row over a submarines contract s

Biden asks for early Macron talks as allies try to smooth tensions

Body found matching description of US missing woman Gabby Petito: FBIWASHINGTON — US law enforcement said Sunday (Sept 19) a body found in a US national forest in Wyoming, where a search was underway for Gabrielle

North Korea says US submarine deal, alliance could trigger 'nuclear arms race'SEOUL — North Korea's foreign ministry on Monday (Sept 20) said a new United States (US) alliance in the Indo-Pacific and recent US submarine contract with Australia could trigger a

Greek PM says climate crisis is with us and cost of ignoring it 'unimaginable'ATHENS: Mediterranean nations must lead the way in addressing climate change, the Greek prime minister said, warning that the cost of doing nothing was unimaginable, with mankind possibly struggling to survive beyond the turn of the next century. Greece, Turkey, Cyprus and Spain were ravaged by wildfi