Biden: America is back. Diplomacy returns

‘America is back’: Biden pledges return to diplomacy in US foreign policy

The event, taking place 2 weeks after the president took office, demonstrates the importance of foreign policy for the new administration

4 february – two weeks after taking office – President Biden visits the Department of State, the oldest of the agencies that make up the U.S. administration.

Purpose of the visit – emphasize that the Biden administration is seeking to re-establish a multilateral approach to foreign policy issues and to declare a resurgence of close cooperation between the administration and the international community.

During the visit, the President is accompanied by Vice President Kamala Harris, who addressed the department staff with an opening speech.

Then President Biden addressed the audience..

«America is back. Diplomacy returns»,– he said.

The President thanked State Department officials for their service to the United States and promised to revive the role of the Foreign Office in the country‘s political life..

Addressing State Department officials, President Biden highlighted the critical role that Department plays in addressing the challenges facing the world today. – pandemic coronavirus, climate crisis and nuclear proliferation. «These problems can only be solved by countries working together for a common cause.», – emphasized Biden.

Cooperation with other countries «must start with diplomacy based on the most precious values ​​of American democracy – protecting freedom, offering opportunities, protecting human rights, respecting the rule of law, treating all people with dignity»,– said the president.

«While many of these values ​​have come under intense pressure in recent years, and have even been on the brink of extinction in the past few weeks, the American people will emerge stronger from this situation … to unite the world in the fight to defend democracy», – emphasized Biden.

The President said that over the past two weeks, he managed to communicate with many US allies, leaders of Canada, Mexico, Great Britain, Germany, France, NATO, Japan, South Korea and Australia. The speech, according to Biden, was about reformatting America’s foreign policy and restoring democratic unions that «have atrophied in the last four years of neglect and abuse».

According to Biden, the ability to create alliances – one of the main advantages of the United States. The President stressed that the United States should «standing shoulder to shoulder with our allies and key partners again». However, at the same time, Washington must continue «diplomatic engagement with our opponents and competitors where it is in our interests and contributes to the safety of the American people».

As the press secretary of the White House Jen Psaki, who once served as a spokesman for the State Department, said on the eve, Biden’s visit to the Foreign Ministry is due to «primarily by his desire to thank the men and women who are members of the diplomatic service, civil servants who represent the heart and soul of this institution and, frankly, – our government».

According to Psaki, President Biden’s speech will be devoted to a wide range of foreign policy issues..

Biden: America is back. Diplomacy returns

The fact that Biden visits the State Department so soon after taking office is intended to demonstrate the president’s interest in foreign policy and, in particular, to remind him of the years when he served as a Senator from Delaware on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee..

Speaking during a briefing on the foreign policy agenda of the Biden administration on Wednesday, Jen Psaki recalled that, according to the president’s conviction, the United States should work closely with allies on the issue of relations with China. In this regard, she cited a statement by Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, who called the US-China relationship the most important relationship in the world for the United States..

A spokeswoman for the White House also noted that the president is discussing issues related to Russia with the European allies..

Psaki stressed the need for the immediate release of Americans arrested by the Russian authorities.

Recall that among US citizens held in Russia, – former Marines Paul Whelan and Trevor Reed, as well as investor Michael Calvey.

Paul Whelan was sentenced by a Russian court to sixteen years in prison on espionage charges. Trevor Reed sentenced to nine years in prison on charges of endangering the lives of two Russian police officers.

Psaki said the release of the arrested Americans would demonstrate that after the US and Russia agreed to extend START III, Russia is ready to consider «difficult questions», inherited from the past, in the context of bilateral relations.