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Biden: US is ‘opening a new era of relentless diplomacy’

Joe Biden is speaking at the UN general assembly, his first speech as US president.

Biden noted the 4.5m people who have died from Covid-19, saying, “Our shared grief is a poignant reminder that our collective future will hinge on our ability to recognize our common humanity, to act together.”

“This is the clear and urgent choice that we face here at the dawning of what must be a decisive decade for our world. A decade that will quite literally, determine our futures as a global community,” Biden added.

“In my view, how we answer these questions in this moment, whether we choose to fight for our shared future or not. all reverberate for generations yet to come.”

Biden briefly addressed the US removal of troops in Afghanistan, saying, “Instead of continuing to fight the wars of the past, we are fixing our eyes and devoting our resources to the challenges that hold the keys to our collective future.”

“We’re opening a new era of relentless diplomacy of using the power of our development aid to invest in new ways of listing people up around the world,” he said, adding that the US is turning its focus on “regions of the world” that are most “consequential”, including the Indo-Pacific region.

Read more updates from the UN in the Guardian’s separate live blog:

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