Wednesday, October 20

– We are back at the table, Biden told the UN. But not everyone thinks so.


NEW YORK (Aftenposten): US President Joe Biden promises the UN that the world will now see a more cooperative America.

Joe Biden spoke at the UN General Assembly on Tuesday afternoon Norwegian time.

After a very turbulent few months, many were excited about the message the president would bring during the senior week in New York.

– We are at a crucial crossroads in history. We will work with our allies and through multilateral organizations like the UN, Biden said.

– Back to the table

Biden went to the polls to pursue a much more cooperative foreign policy than his predecessor. Trump pulled the United States out of the Iran nuclear deal, the Paris climate agreement and the World Health Organization (WHO).

– The future does not belong to the globalists. The future belongs to the patriots, Trump said at the 2019 General Assembly.

Biden has rejoined the United States in the WHO and in international climate cooperation. He has repeatedly stated that the United States is back on the international stage.

The message was repeated at the UN building in New York on Tuesday.

– We have spent the first eight months giving new impetus to our alliances and associations. We are back at the table in international forums, Biden said.

“We don’t want a new Cold War or a divided world,” Joe Biden said in his speech to the UN General Assembly.

The fight against the pandemic and climate change were some of the main themes of Biden’s speech. Several new promises occurred to him.

Among other things, the president promised to double the United States’ contribution to the global climate fund that will help poor countries with green change.

– We can’t afford to waste any more time. Let’s get started, Biden said.

He also said the United States would put more money on the table to help other countries fight the coronavirus.

Trump comparisons

Many allies had high hopes for Biden when he took office, but problematic cases have been online in recent months. Some critical voices have even compared Biden to Trump.

The United States has been accused of not listening to allies on Afghanistan and vaccine patents. Biden has upheld Trump’s punitive tariffs on steel and aluminum, which, among other things, affect Norway and other European countries.

And in the run-up to UN week, he mocked France by signing a new defense agreement with Britain and Australia. It led to the cancellation of a major Australian purchase of French submarines.

Prime Minister Erna Solberg and Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide are in New York to hear Joe Biden’s speech.

– Has ignored the UN

The UN also raises questions about Biden’s promises.

– Biden is trying to convince the UN that the United States is back. The world is not so safe, writes Richard Gowan, a UN expert and director of the International Crisis Group think tank, i Political.

He claims that many of the listeners in the room are skeptical whether the administration is really as willing to invest properly in international cooperation as it is expressing.

– The United States has ignored the UN and ignored the views of its allies during the crises in the Middle East and Afghanistan.

Gowan also notes that competition with China is America’s top priority. This makes many wonder if the two superpowers can cooperate and find solutions through organizations like the UN.

“We don’t want a new Cold War or a divided world,” Biden said in his speech.

– The United States will work with all countries to solve the challenges we face. Although the disagreements in other areas are great.


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