Biden’s New Commitment to NATO and the European Union
US President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron have pledged to work together on a range of foreign policy priorities, including China, the Middle East, Russia, and the West African coast.
The White House said in a statement Sunday that US President Joe Biden had spoken by telephone with his French counterpart and called for “further strengthening bilateral ties with our oldest ally.” Has expressed a desire.
According to a White House statement, Biden said in the talks, “NATO and the United States reaffirmed their commitment to strengthening transatlantic relations, including the partnership with the European Union.”
This was the first meeting between the two leaders since they were sworn in last Wednesday.
An aide to French President Nicolas Sarkozy said in a separate statement that the two leaders had a common position on issues such as the environment and the coronavirus.
The two leaders also “agreed to work on peace efforts in and around the Middle East, Specially on the Iranian nuclear issue,” the statement said.
Dealing with Trump’s legacy
The “America First” policy adopted by Donald Trump during his tenure has affected long-standing relations between the United States and some European countries, and Biden’s phone call should be seen as an attempt to dispel that impression. He has said he will change these policies and the United States will be on track to further improve relations with Europe.
EU leaders and the Trump administration have been at loggerheads over NATO, but the new US president has reaffirmed his commitment to NATO. Trump has repeatedly questioned the NATO alliance, saying that European allies are not spending their due share on it.
French President Macron and Trump share a common position on the Paris Agreement on Syria and the environment.
As far as the Paris Agreement is concerned, it has already been restored by Biden and the United States has rejoined the agreement.
The two leaders also called for co-operation with the World Health Organization (WHO) on coronavirus vaccine to poorer countries, while Trump distanced the United States from it.
A statement from McCormack’s office said, “There are serious differences between the two countries on some issues and France will not back down from the talks.”
France has announced additional taxes on companies such as Amazon and Google, on which the two have sharp differences. The United States had imposed additional taxes on the French aircraft manufacturer Airbus, in response to which European countries have also imposed additional taxes on the European branches of the American company Boeing.