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Biden to allies: Show that “democracy delivers”

In his first major appearance on the global stage, US President Joe Biden called on the world’s rulers to demonstrate together that “democracies can still deliver” while underscoring his administration’s commitment to quickly move beyond the “first United States ”of his predecessor Donald Trump.

In a distance speech to the annual meeting of the Munich Security Conference, Biden said it was a crucial moment for democracies “to show that our model is not a relic of our history.”

“We are engaged in a fundamental debate about the future direction of our world,” Biden said in his speech shortly after serving for the first time as chairman of the Group of Seven.

That debate is “between those who argue that — given the challenges we face, from the fourth industrial revolution to a global pandemic — autocracy is the best way forward and those who understand that democracy is essential to meet those challenges.”

Biden made his speech to a global audience as his administration begins to reverse Trump’s policies.

He said the United States is willing to return to the talks and re-enter the 2015 multilateral nuclear deal with Iran, abandoned by the past government.

Biden also spoke about the economic and national security challenges posed by Russia and China, as well as the war in Afghanistan that has been going on for two decades and from where he must withdraw the 2,500 US troops by May 1 under a peace agreement negotiated by Trump with the Taliban.

Speaking of the challenges facing the United States and its Allies, Biden made it clear that he wants to repair a transatlantic relationship that suffered from moments of tension with Trump, who repeatedly questioned the value of historic alliances.

“I know that the past few years have strained and tested the transatlantic relationship,” Biden said. “The United States is determined to renew our relationship with Europe, consult them, regain our position of trust and leadership.”

At the G7, government officials said, Biden focused on what awaits the international community as it tackles the health and economic crises created by the coronavirus pandemic.

He said that in a short time he will begin sending $ 4 billion to an international effort to purchase and distribute coronavirus vaccines to poor countries, a program that Trump refused to support.