Biden to meet British Prime Minister, Turkish President and other world leaders on first overseas trip
President Joe Biden will meet with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other world leaders on his first international trip as president next week, the White House said Thursday.
Biden will meet with Johnson on June 10, ahead of the Group of Seven summit held in southwest England. Johnson is hosting this year’s G7 summit, which is being held in Cornwall from June 11-13.
The president is also expected to hold bilateral meetings with other leaders of the G7 countries – which include the UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan – during the visit.
The President attended a virtual G7 event earlier this year and discussed efforts to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic. Last year’s in-person summit was canceled due to the pandemic.
The summit and meetings with foreign leaders will take place the week after Biden is set to announce plans to distribute millions of coronavirus vaccines around the world, a move expected to be announced after months of deliberation.
Biden said earlier this month that the United States would share an additional 20 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine by the end of next month in addition to the 60 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine the president already had. committed to share by July 4th.
The President and First Lady Jill Biden will also meet with British Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle on June 13, Buckingham Palace and the White House announced Thursday. Jill Biden will return to the United States after meeting the Queen.
Biden will then travel to Brussels to participate in the NATO summit on June 14. Biden will affirm the United States’ commitment to NATO, transatlantic security and collective defense, and NATO leaders will discuss how to deal with future threats and “effective burden sharing,” the said the White House.
The president will meet with Erdogan “to discuss all bilateral and regional issues,” the White House said.
After the NATO summit, Biden will attend the US-EU summit on June 15. The leaders will discuss global health security, global economic recovery, the climate crisis, digital and trade cooperation, strengthening democracy and addressing mutual foreign policy concerns, the White House says.
Biden will also meet with King Philippe of Belgium and Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo.
The president will then travel to Geneva, Switzerland, and hold a bilateral summit with Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin on June 16, as CNN previously reported. The long-awaited reunion will come at the end of Biden’s first international trip since taking office. Biden plans to address Ukraine and Belarus at the meeting, among others, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said.
While in Geneva, Biden will also meet Swiss President Guy Parmelin and Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis.