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Biden meets Morrison: ‘No closer ally’ -

Joe Biden has met with Scott Morrison on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly where he praised the strength of the Australia-US alliance.

US President Joe Biden and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison welcomed their new security ties ahead of their bilateral meeting alongside the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

“The United States has no closer or more reliable ally than Australia,” Mr Biden said after Washington last week announced it would provide Australia with advanced technology for nuclear-powered submarines as part of an Indo-Pacific deal.

Mr Biden said the two countries were committed to a “free and open Indo-Pacific” – code for the US-led push to contain the rising power of China.

He noted that they would meet again on Friday in the White House at the first in-person session of leaders from the Quad group – Australia, India, Japan and the United States – which is likewise dedicated to preserving stability in the Indo-Pacific.

“It’s a historic meeting and I think we’re all looking forward to it,” Mr Biden said.

Mr Morrison said the Austrtalia-US partnership was one that also reached out to Asian and European allies.

The meeting came as Mr Biden used his first address before the UN General Assembly to summon allies to move more quickly to address the festering issues of the Covid-19 pandemic, climate change and human rights abuses, while insisting the US is not seeking “a new Cold War” with China.

The US President said the halting of US military operations in Afghanistan last month, ending America’s longest war, set the table for his administration to shift US attention to intensive diplomacy.

“We’ve ended 20 years of conflict in Afghanistan, and as we close this period of relentless war, we’re opening a new era of relentless diplomacy, of using the power of our development aid to invest in new ways of lifting people up around the world,” he said.

Mr Biden called the next 10 years a “decisive decade for our world” that will determine the global community’s future, and declared the planet stands at an “inflection point in history.”

He said there is a need to avoid moving from “competition to conflict,” then declared that the U.S. is “not seeking a new Cold War, or a world divided into rigid blocks.”

However, he said the US will oppose attempts by “stronger countries to dominate weaker ones.”

On Iran, Mr Biden said that the US remains committed to keeping the Tehran government from developing nuclear weapons and said the US is prepared to return to full compliance with the Iran nuclear deal if Iran does the same.

Mr Biden also used the UN podium to announce that the US would “double” its contribution to international climate financing towards the goal of mobilising $100 billion for vulnerable nations.

Experts said the announcement would take the US contribution to the commitment, made by developed countries ahead of the 2015 Paris agreement, to approximately $11.4 billion annually.

“This will make the United States a leader in public climate finance,” Mr Biden told world leaders in New York, saying he would work with Congress to achieve the goal.

The announcement comes weeks before the next major UN climate conference, COP26 in Glasgow.

“Strongly welcome @POTUS further doubling climate finance commitment to over $11bn by 2024,” said British politician Alok Sharma, who will preside over COP26.

“This demonstrates the increased ambition required to deliver on the $100bn/year goal,” he wrote. “We must build on this momentum.”

Mr Biden said the US, already the world leader in donating Covid-19 vaccines, will announce “additional commitments” on fighting Covid-19 when the White House hosts a summit on the pandemic on Wednesday, and a $10 billion commitment to end hunger at home and abroad.

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2021-09-21 17:26:19Z

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