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Biden meets with UN Secretary General António Guterres


President Biden meets with United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres in New York on Tuesday evening, after Guterres urged the United States and China to restore relations.

Guterres said earlier that the summit’s goal would be the United States’ “cold war” with China. Mr Biden criticized China’s cooperation on COVID-19 and other issues.

But in a brief statement at the start of the meeting with Guterres, Mr Biden spoke only in general terms. “The Secretary General and I share a firm commitment to the principles of human freedom and human dignity on which the United Nations was founded,” he said.

“I look forward to speaking to the assembly tomorrow – what a great honor that will be,” Biden said.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Monday that “the United States ‘relationship with China is not one of conflict but of competition” and took issue with Guterres’ characterization of the relationship. .

“We must avoid at all costs a Cold War that would be different from the last one, and possibly more dangerous and more difficult to manage,” Guterres told The Associated Press in an interview.

“The president will explain why the next decade will determine our future, not only for the United States but for the world community,” Psaki said on Monday. “And he will speak, and this will be a central part of his remarks, about the importance of restoring our alliances after these past years.”

Biden-Guterres meeting also comes as US grapples with fallout from France on a submarine contract the United States has concluded with Australia and the United Kingdom, and while the United States faces international criticism over the management of its exit from Afghanistan.

France recalled its ambassador to the United States after Australia said in a joint announcement with the United States and the United Kingdom that it would replace its aging submarines with nuclear-powered submarines developed by the United States and the United Kingdom, thus ending its previous agreement to purchase French diesel-electric submarines. Mr Biden is expected to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron in the coming days.

Macron does not attend the UN General Assembly in person, but French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves LeDrian is in New York. Asked about the deal on the submarine, LeDrian, speaking through a translator, said at a press conference on Monday: the past, “what appeared to be a comparison with the administration Trump.

“Why was all of this hidden and made public without telling us in advance,” LeDrian said of the French having no clue they were losing the contract until just before that it is not announced by the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom.

He called the incident a “crisis of confidence beyond the fact that the contract is broken” and called the planning of the new contract “an unexpected, hidden and brutal initiative”.

The French foreign minister said he had no plans to meet Secretary of State Antony Blinken, although they could meet in the hallway.