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BIDEN SAYS US WILL REPAIR ALLIANCES, ENGAGE WORLD ONCE AGAIN


21 JAN 2021


WASHINGTON: President Joe Biden in his inauguration speech on Wednesday said that the United States will fix its alliances and engage with the world again, reported Sputnik News Agency.

"We will repair our alliances and engage with the world once again, not to meet yesterday’s challenges but today’s and tomorrow’s challenges," Biden said.

"And we’ll lead not merely by the example of our power, but by the power of our example."

Biden also pledged to be a strong and trusted partner for peace, progress and security. The new president said that his goal is to bring the American people together.

According to the premier, he is focused on "bringing America together," uniting the country and called on everyone to join him. Americans can make their country "again the leading force in the world," he added.


Commenting further, Biden said his administration will confront and defeat white supremacy and domestic terrorism.

“Now, the rise of political extremism, white supremacy, domestic terrorism that we must confront and we will defeat,” he said.

In the meantime, the premier called on the nation to end the ongoing uncivil war.

"We must end this uncivil war that pits red against blue, rural versus urban, conservative versus liberal. We can do this," he said.

Biden also expressed confidence that United States can overcome the novel coronavirus pandemic. "We can overcome the deadly virus," he said.

The new president also said that he is heading to the Oval office to deliver bold action.

"There is no time to waste when it comes to tackling the crises we face. That's why today, I am heading to the Oval Office to get right to work delivering bold action and immediate relief for American families," Biden said via Twitter.

Biden is expected to sign 17 executive orders that will undo some of the Trump administration's policies, such as halting construction of the border wall, rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement and World Health Organisation, halting the Keystone XL pipeline project, and terminating the so-called Muslim travel ban.

Right before the speech, Biden was sworn in by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. - Bernama