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Biden to make first overseas trip as president to attend G7 summit in England in June

President Joe Biden waves as he boards Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Feb. 5, 2021. (Official White House Photo by Carlos Fyfe)
April 23, 2021

President Joe Biden will make the first overseas trip of his presidency when he attends the Group of Seven summit in England in June.

The White House confirmed Friday that Biden will attend the annual gathering of the leaders of the nation’s largest industrial countries when the group meets in Cornwall, England, on June 11-13. Afterward, he will travel to Brussels, where he will hold meetings with leaders of the European Union and attend the June 14 summit of leaders of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

The White House said the trip will highlight Biden’s commitment to restoring U.S. alliances, revitalizing the transatlantic relationship, and working in close cooperation with U.S. allies and multilateral partners to address global challenges and better secure America’s interests.

While in England, he also will hold meetings with fellow G7 leaders, including British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

In Belgium, Biden will affirm the U.S. commitment to NATO, transatlantic security and collective defense, the White House said. NATO leaders will discuss how to orient the alliance to future threats and ensure effective burden sharing. Biden will also hold meetings with fellow NATO leaders.

The leaders also will discuss a common agenda to ensure global health security, stimulate global economic recovery, tackle climate change, enhance digital and trade cooperation, strengthen democracy, and address mutual foreign policy concerns, the White House said.

Biden has made several domestic trips since taking office on Jan. 20. On Thursday, he will travel to Atlanta, where he and first lady Jill Biden will attend a drive-in car rally to celebrate his first 100 days in office.

Though Biden has yet to travel abroad, he has held virtual bilateral meetings with the leaders of Canada and Mexico. Last Friday, Biden held his first in-person bilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga at the White House.

This week, he is hosting a two-day virtual climate summit with 40 world leaders.

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