U.S. President Joe Biden urged unity in first UN speech in New York amid tensions with allies_ and called the former Soviet republic of Moldova an example of democratic progress.
In his first address to the United Nations late Tuesday, the US President appealed for global cooperation through „a decisive decade for our world”.
His calls for unity come amid tensions with allies over the US’ Afghanistan withdrawal and a major diplomatic row with France over a submarine deal.
He reaffirmed his support for democracy and diplomacy, saying: „We must work together like never before.”
The truth is: The democratic world is everywhere. It lives in the anti-corruption activists, the human rights defenders, the journalists, the peace protestors on the frontlines of this struggle in Belarus, Burma, Syria, Cuba, Venezuela, and everywhere in between,” he said.
He then mentioned the former Soviet republic of Moldova as a place where democracy has made inroads.
“(Democracy) lives in the proud Moldovans who helped deliver a landslide victory for the forces of democracy, with a mandate to fight graft, to build a more inclusive economy,” he said.
He was referring to the victory of reformist President Maia Sandu over the incumbent pro-Russian Igor Dodon who shied away from anti-corruption reforms and sought closer relations with Moscow.
The success of the former World Bank economist was followed by a decisive victory by pro-EU parties in July parliamentary elections.
The 76th General Assembly in New York City is taking place against the backdrop of a climate crisis and a pandemic, which have deepened global divides.