U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan Tuesday (26/10) spoke about the upcoming global summit and highlighted the fact that Russia and China will not be attending the leadership-level summit.
Speaking at a White House briefing, Sullivan added that America and Europe will “be present, excited and united for the G20 and COP26 that set the agenda, on significant international issues.”
President Joe Biden will depart Thursday for the G20 summit in Rome, then the UN Climate Summit COP26 in Scotland.
The national security adviser said preparations were underway for a virtual meeting between Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping “before the end of the year.” Sullivan seems to blame Xi for the indirect encounter. He said, “He chose not to leave China at all in 2021 to meet any leader. That of course, his choice.”
Sullivan dismissed concerns that Biden’s credibility in the global community would be affected if no agreement was reached with Congress this week on his agenda, including the climate change provisions he had promised to pass. [ka/jm]