Washington DC: President Joe Biden plans to travel to Europe to attend the Group of Seven (G-7) leaders’ summit and a NATO gathering later this month, the White House announced Wednesday.
The G-7 summit is set to take place at Schloss Elmau in southern Germany. The group includes Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom in addition to the United States. Biden will later journey to Madrid for the NATO meeting.
Russia’s war in Ukraine, which has entered its fourth month, is likely to figure high on the agenda for both meetings. “The President and G7 leaders will discuss a range of the most pressing global issues, including the G7’s unwavering support for a democratic, sovereign, and prosperous Ukraine, economic and democratic resilience, tackling the climate crisis, development infrastructure, global health security, and the food and energy crisis caused by Russia’s war of aggression,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in a statement.
The visit will be Biden’s fourth to Europe since taking office last year. He last visited Brussels and Warsaw in late March for meetings addressing the conflict in Ukraine. The White House is also weighing a trip to the Middle East that might include stops in Israel and Saudi Arabia, though it has not been finalized yet.
“Allied leaders will endorse a new Strategic Concept to guide NATO’s transformation over the next decade, from strengthening deterrence and defense to building resilience against transnational threats including cyber and climate, to deepening partnerships with democratic partners in Europe and Asia in order to strengthen the rules-based international order,” Jean-Pierre said.