The president will spend the night in Brussels, at the American embassy.
LUS President Joe Biden landed at Melsbroek military airport on Sunday at 8:49 p.m. sharp. He was briefly welcomed there by Prime Minister Alexander De Croo. The president will spend the night in Brussels, at the American embassy.
US President Joe Biden is due to attend a NATO summit on Monday and a meeting with presidents of EU institutions on Tuesday before his meeting with the Russian president in Geneva on Wednesday.
The President was greeted by Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo. When he got off the plane, Joe Biden was entitled to a guard of honor made up of 12 soldiers and 3 musicians. After having exchanged a handshake and a word with the officials present, he took the road aboard “The Beast” to the American Embassy where he will reside during his stay in Belgium.
A major mechanism has been put in place to ensure the security of the American president and the leaders of the other 29 countries of the Alliance during their stay. The inhabitants of Brussels have been informed of the expected difficulties for their travel during the two days of the American president’s visit.
The NATO summit on Monday will mark “the reunion” between America and its allies, mistreated during the presidency of Donald Trump. The working session should last three hours, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and adopt a negotiated declaration between the capitals.
The allies want to send a message of firmness to Russia ahead of the summit between Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin on Wednesday in Geneva. They will also launch the review of NATO’s strategic concept to prepare the Alliance to face new threats in space and cyberspace and China’s entrism.
They will adopt a code of conduct to put an end to the tensions caused by the unilateral decisions of the United States on the withdrawal from Afghanistan and the military interventions of Turkey in Syria, Libya and the Caucasus.
Joe Biden will have a long talk with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after the working session.
Meeting with the King
The American president will be received late Tuesday morning by the King of the Belgians before participating in an EU-US summit with the President of the European Council Charles Michel and the President of the Commission Ursula von der Leyen. The meeting is to last two hours. Joe Biden refused to participate in a press conference with the presidents of the two institutions and will leave Brussels at 3 p.m. for Geneva.
No indication has filtered through the unofficial program of the US president. Barack Obama during his visit in March 2014 gave a speech to 2,000 guests, but his stay was very secure.
Their predecessors, on the other hand, had taken liberties with their program. Bill Clinton had allowed himself a very early morning jog in one of the woods of the capital and had a coffee in a brewery near the Royal Palace. George Bush, for his part, had taken a break at a chocolatier in the city center.