Biden confuses Syria and Libya at the G7 press conference

Biden confuses Syria and Libya at the G7 press conference


US President Joe Biden confused Syria with Libya at a press conference after the G7 summit in Great Britain on Monday (Indian time). He wanted to make the mistake twice.

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US President Joe Biden confused Syria with Libya at a press conference after the G7 summit in Great Britain on Monday (Indian time). He wanted to make the mistake twice.

He described how the US and Russia can work together for the benefit of the people of Libya (rather than Syria). In Syria, both the US and Russia are embroiled in decades of civil war.

Prone to slip-ups, 78-year-old Biden attended his first G7 summit as US president.

Biden will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva on Wednesday (June 16).

During his participation in the G7 summit, Biden heated up Russia and China, which in his opinion posed “new challenges”.

“I think that in recent years it has been increasingly recognized that we are facing new challenges,” Biden told NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg during bilateral talks in the run-up to the main summit.

“We have Russia, which is not behaving as we hoped, and China,” he said.

“I want to make it clear: NATO is vital to US interests in and of itself. If there weren’t any, we’d have to invent them,” he said.

NATO also turned its weapons on China and Russia.

“As long as Russia does not demonstrate compliance with international law and its international obligations and responsibilities, there can be no return to ‘business as usual’,” said the summit’s final declaration.

“China’s declared ambitions and assertive behavior represent systemic challenges for the rules-based international order and areas relevant to the security of the alliance,” said a summit statement.

(With contributions from agencies)

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