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Joe Biden

President, United States of America


President Joe Biden represented Delaware for 36 years in the US Senate before becoming the 47th Vice President of the US. President Biden graduated from the University of Delaware and Syracuse Law School and served on the New Castle County Council.

"The US will not allow foreign or regional powers to jeopardize the freedom of navigation through the Middle East’s waterways, including the Strait of Hormuz and the Bab al-Mandab."

The American administration is looking to support its partners in the Middle East, strengthen its alliances, and build coalitions to solve the problems facing the region and the world today.

It is good to be once more together with so many vital partners and to strengthening our cooperation on the future of this consequential region of the world. I would like to thank our Saudi hosts for inviting the US to join this summit and for their hospitality in welcoming all of us.

A great deal has changed since I visited this region when I served as Vice President of the US, both on the world stage and in the Middle East. Around the world, we are seeing efforts to undermine the rules-based order: with China’s increasingly coercive actions in the Indo-Pacific and beyond; with Russia’s brutal and unprovoked war against its neighboring Ukraine; and with Iran’s destabilizing activities. Here in the Middle East, we have also seen critical changes.

We will turn our attention and our resources to supporting our partners, strengthening our alliances, and building coalitions to solve the problems facing this region and the world today.

The US is clear-eyed about the challenges in the Middle East and about where we have the greatest capacity to help drive positive outcomes. Our objectives are focused, realistic, and achievable so that we can target our resources, rebuild trust, and deliver real results. And we will operate in the context of the Middle East as it is today: a region more united than it has been in years. Let me state clearly that the US is going to remain an active, engaged partner in the Middle East. Our new framework for the Middle East has five key principles, and I’d like to very briefly share them with you today.

First, the US will support and strengthen partnerships with countries that subscribe to the rules-based international order. And we will make sure that those countries can defend themselves against foreign threats. The US and each of the countries around this table are an essential part of that order because we reject the use of brute force to change borders.

Second, the US will not allow foreign or regional powers to jeopardize the freedom of navigation through the Middle East’s waterways, including the Strait of Hormuz and the Bab al-Mandab. Nor will we tolerate efforts by any country to dominate another in the region through military buildups, incursions, and/or threats.

We have established a new naval task force to work in partnership with many of your navies to help secure the Red Sea. That includes the first naval task force to use multi-manned [un-manned] surface vessels and artificial intelligence technology to enhance maritime awareness. We’re also integrating air defenses and early warning systems to ensure that we can defeat airborne threats.

Third, the US will not just aim to deter threats to regional stability; we will work to reduce tensions, de-escalate, and end conflicts wherever possible.

Fourth, the US will build political, economic, and security connections between the US partners wherever possible, while respecting each country’s sovereignty and independent choices. Integration, interconnection—these are the underlying themes of our meeting today.

Fifth, the US will always promote human rights and the values enshrined in the UN Charter.

Foundational freedoms are foundational to who we are as Americans. It’s in our DNA. But it’s also because we know that the future will be won by the countries that unleash the full potential of their populations, where women can exercise equal rights and contribute to building stronger economies, resilient societies, and more modern and capable militaries; where citizens can question and criticize their leaders without fear of reprisal.

The US is invested in building a positive future in the region, in partnership with all of you, and the US is not going anywhere. This is a table full of problem solvers. There are a lot of good we can do if we do it together. Thank you again for inviting me to participate in this summit today, and thank you for the many years of partnership between your countries and the US. 6

*Speech given by US President Joe Biden at the GCC+3 Summit Meeting on July 16, 2022.



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