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Joe Biden-Antonio Guterres meet in New York, discuss COVID-19 issue

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 21 Sep 2021, 09:44 am

New York: US President Joe Biden met UN chief Antonio Guterres here on Monday when they discussed the need to work with member states to end the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

"President Joseph R. Biden Jr. met this evening with Secretary-General António Guterres of the United Nations," read a White House statement.

"They reaffirmed the strong partnership between the United States and the United Nations which, in particular, is based on common values that include respect for universal human rights, fundamental freedoms, and international law," it said.

"They discussed the importance of multilateralism and the defense of democracy and the rules-based international order, which is anchored by the United Nations, as critical to addressing today’s greatest challenges," read the statement.

"Specifically, they spoke of the urgency to work together, along with Member States of the United Nations, to end the COVID-19 pandemic, prepare for future health security threats, combat climate change, strengthen food systems and food security, address humanitarian needs, prevent and mitigate conflict, and promote and defend human rights worldwide," the statement said.

The President reaffirmed that complex, global challenges can only be addressed by genuinely global solutions, an approach reflected in the President’s vision of building back better, and he emphasized the unique role of the United Nations in delivering prosperity, peace and security for everyone.

Following his meeting, Biden tweeted: "As I said during tonight’s meeting with UN Secretary General António Guterres: global challenges require global solutions. We believe in the United Nations and its value. And at this moment, our bond — based on common values and principles — is more important than ever."