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Belgian King meets U.S President Biden

15 Jun 2021

BRUSSELS, June 15 (Xinhua) -- King Philippe of Belgium met with visiting U.S. President Joe Biden on Tuesday here at the Royal Palace.

During the meeting in the presence of Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo, the two talked on key issues including the coronavirus pandemic, dialogue between the European Union (EU) and the United States, and climate change.

Brussels is the second leg of Biden's European tour after attending the G7 summit in Britain.

On Monday, Biden attended the NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) summit held at its headquarters in Brussels. His task at this meeting was principally to regain the trust of the military allies and to repair internal divisions that emerged in NATO during the years under his predecessor Donald Trump.

Biden's arrival drew several protests in front of the U.S. Embassy in Belgium, and near the NATO headquarters.

The arrival of the U.S. president has temporarily triggered a blizzard of security measures enforced throughout the city, with direct flight patrols over the EU headquarters for days.

Some 4,000 police and security officers, or 10 percent of Belgium's total police force, were deployed in view of the NATO summit, according to information quoted on Monday by Belgian broadcasting station RTBF.

On Tuesday afternoon, Biden is scheduled to attend the EU-US summit in Brussels, before leaving for Geneva to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The EU will be represented by Charles Michel, president of the European Council, and Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission.

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