In Europe, which had one of its worst times with the United States under the DONALD Trump administration, the excitement of new President Joe Biden’s first overseas trip is being lived. Biden’s eight-day visit to the UK, Brussels and Geneva is seen as an important opportunity to both strengthen ties and take a step towards addressing existing issues.
FIRST STOP IN ENGLAND
Biden’s first stop on the visit, which will also be the first concrete step in the United States’ return to the world stage, is England. Biden, who began by addressing US soldiers stationed there, will meet with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson today. The focal point of the UK leg of the visit will be the G-7 summit, to be held June 11-13, bringing together leaders from the world’s seven most developed countries.
VISIT THE QUEEN
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Vaccine diplomacy in the context of COVID-19 is expected to mark the summit, to be held in Cornwall, in the south-west of England. Trade issues, the climate crisis and limiting China’s growing influence will also be among the main topics. After the three-day G-7 summit, Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, will meet Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle.
INTERVIEW WITH ERDOĞAN
Biden will travel from England to Brussels and meet with his NATO allies at the summit on June 14. Intense diplomatic traffic awaits Biden, who will meet for the first time face to face and collectively with the leaders of 30 member states, including President Tayyip Erdoğan. Biden’s messages have the potential to affect bilateral relations as well as NATO.
President Biden, who will deliver the message that the United States is a reliable partner at the summit, will call for a clear display of unity against countries like Russia and China. Biden’s meeting with Erdogan will be the most prominent theme, the results of which are eagerly awaited at the summit.
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THE EU AND TURKEY WILL ALSO COME TO THE AGENCY
Biden will hold his third summit with EU leaders, most of whom he will meet at the NATO summit. He will meet with the leaders of 27 EU member states, whom he has met by video conference in recent months, on June 15. At the summit, deepening cooperation in tackling the climate crisis and overcoming trade barriers will be among the main items on the agenda. US and EU leaders are expected to confirm their tendency to act cooperatively on relations with Turkey at the summit.
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THE MOST DIFFICULT MEETING WITH POUTINE
The final stop on US President Biden’s European tour will be Geneva, Switzerland, on June 16. Biden will hold a bilateral summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose relations are quite strained. Although the parties are expected to persist in their positions, comments that there may be tensions are predominant. The summit, which is unlikely to make any concrete progress, is seen as the most difficult meeting for Biden, who has NATO and EU backing.