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US president Biden to visit Brussels in June for Nato and EU summits

14:58 26/04/2021

American president Joe Biden will be coming to Brussels in June as part of his first trip overseas since being elected last November. Biden’s international travels thus far have been curtailed by the coronavirus crisis.

Biden will land in the UK, where he will attend the G7 summit from 11 to 13 June. It is expected that leaders from the seven member states, as well as from guest countries, will attend the conference in person. The G7, taking place in Cornwall this year, had to be held via video conference in 2020 due to the health crisis.

Following the G7, Biden will head to Brussels for the Nato summit on 14 June, and that will be followed by a US-EU summit. Biden will meet with European Council president Charles Michel and Commission president Ursula von der Leyen to discuss Covid-19, the climate crisis, security and multilateralism.

“This trip will highlight president Biden’s commitment to restoring our alliances, revitalising the Transatlantic relationship and working in close co-operation with our allies and multilateral partners to address global challenges and better secure America’s interests,” said the White House in a statement.

Biden and Michel also met in Brussels in 2015 when the former was the vice-president of the US under president Barack Obama and the latter was prime minister of Belgium.

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Written by Lisa Bradshaw

Comments

Frank Lee

Hopefully, Biden will be made aware of who is the EU's actual leader. Is it Michel or von der Leyen? While informing him, could the EU bureaucrats also make an effort to enlighten us about it? Most Europeans have no clue, including me.

Apr 28, 2021 21:00