David McAllister: Plenary speech on the Inauguration of the new US President
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David McAllister: Plenary speech on the Inauguration of the new US President

David McAllister: Plenary speech on the Inauguration of the new US President

20 January 2021




President,

Dear colleagues!


Exactly two weeks ago, the unbelievable pictures of violent rioters attacking the Capitol building in Washington, DC shocked all of us. We strongly condemn the violence and deeply regret the loss of lives.

Today, the entire world is looking at Washington, DC again as Mr Joe Biden is inaugurated as 46. President of the United States.

President Biden deserves all the best wishes for the enormous tasks that are laying ahead of him.

Today’s inauguration certainly opens a new chapter for our American friends. But it also opens a new chapter in our transatlantic relations, which have been under so much pressure during the last years.

In my view, three strategic goals are crucial for our relations.

1. to renew the trust that is at the heart of our alliance;

2. to agree on a common strategy to address global challenges;

3. and to adapt our political, military, technological and economic cooperation so that we are the most effective alliance for protecting freedom, securing peace and supporting a rules-based order in an increasingly challenging world.

There are certainly many battles to fight jointly – such as

– the COVID-19 pandemic

– climate change and

– of course foreign policy issues that we can better address together as partners.

Let us give new impetus to the transatlantic agenda. Things can and get better and they will get better!

Thank you!