US President Joe Biden will participate in a virtual meeting with leaders of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) countries, to discuss the pandemic and global recovery efforts.
“On Friday, July 16, President Joseph R. Biden Jr. will participate in the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Virtual Session, where leaders will discuss ending the pandemic and supporting global economic recovery,” Psaki said in a statement.
Psaki said the meeting will be Biden’s first engagement with many APEC leaders, especially those in Southeast Asia.
Psaki added that Biden plans to brief APEC leaders on the United States’ efforts to provide “Covid” vaccines to Asian and Pacific countries, and will also discuss economic issues related to the Indo-Pacific region.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will chair an informal meeting of leaders of the Asia-Pacific trade group “APEC” this week, in order to focus on the emerging Corona virus pandemic and its economic impact.
Ardern said, in a statement, that it will be the first time that APEC leaders will hold an additional meeting, before their official meeting scheduled for next November, which reflects the desire to address the impact of the epidemic.
The 21-nation group, which includes the United States, China and Japan, agreed last June to review trade barriers and speed up cross-border transit for COVID-19 vaccines and related goods, but fell short of a broad commitment to eliminating