The President of the United States, Joe Biden, is expected to attend a NATO summit in June. It will be Biden's first official visit to Europe since taking office. The NATO meeting will occur in Brussels on 14 June, announced Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Thursday. "This is a unique opportunity to strengthen NATO as the embodiment of the bond between Europe and North America," the press release said.
The meeting at NATO headquarters in Brussels will be a face-to-face opportunity for Biden to rebuild relations with leaders from Europe and Canada that became strained under former US President Donald Trump. Since the outbreak of the current COVID-19 pandemic, it is the first time that a face-to-face meeting will occur.
Stoltenberg launched a reflection on the future in June last year, under the title "NATO 2030". He will make proposals to the heads of state and government on "how to strengthen and adapt NATO in a lasting way". The NATO summit will also take decisions "to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow". They will discuss Russia's aggressive actions, the threat of terrorism and cyber attacks, climate change, and the rise of China.
Read NATO's statement here.