The President of the United States, Joe Biden, is in Europe for two important summits. He arrived in Rome last night, accompanied by the First Lady. This is Joe Biden’s second European tour since taking office. His first official stop will be at the Vatican where he will be received by Pope Francis. After this visit, Joe Biden will attend the G20 meetings.

US President Joe Biden arrived in Rome on Friday to meet with Pope Francis and French President Emmanuel Macron before attending the G20 summit.

The US president will then continue his European tour in Scotland, where he will attend the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow on Sunday.

The presidential plane landed around 02:25 local time (00.25 GMT) in Italy. Just before boarding Air Force One, the US president unveiled a “historic” plan to allocate billions of dollars for infrastructure, energy transition and social benefits.

Joe Biden will go to the Vatican on Friday, where he will be received by Pope Francis for the fourth time in his life, but for the first time as president of the United States, being the second Catholic ever elected to the post.

The White House expects the meeting, which will be attended by First Lady Jill Biden, to be “warm,” according to spokeswoman Jen Psaki.

Officially, the US President and Pope Francis will discuss topics of common interest on Friday: poverty, climate change and the pandemic.

Joe Biden will then have a meeting with Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi. Host of the G20 summit on Saturday and Sunday, the former director of the European Central Bank is arousing much interest in the United States and other countries through his fast-paced reform plans.

At the G20 as well as at COP26, the US president will have to show that he has distanced himself not only from the verbal excesses of his predecessor Donald Trump, but also from the temptations of withdrawal and unilateralism.

Publisher: Georgiana Marina

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