The US President is in Germany for the first time since taking office. His visit takes him to Schloss Elmau, where he will take part in the G7 summit starting on Sunday.
Before the start of the G7 summit in Bavaria, US President Joe Biden has arrived in Germany for his first visit since taking office.
Air Force One with the President on board landed in Munich late Saturday evening. From there, Biden wanted to continue to Schloss Elmau, where the summit of the seven leading western industrialized countries begins this Sunday. Before that, Biden wants to meet with Chancellor Olaf Scholz for bilateral talks. The G7 summit in Bavaria lasts until Tuesday.
For Biden, it is the first visit to Germany since he was sworn in as president in January 2021. Germany currently chairs the Group of Seven. In addition to Germany and the USA, the G7 also includes Canada, Great Britain, France, Italy and Japan. After the G7 meeting, Biden plans to travel to the NATO summit in Madrid before returning to Washington on Thursday.
Ukraine in the focus of the G7 summit
The focus of the top meetings of the G7 and NATO will be the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine and its consequences. Only last Thursday, the United States announced further arms deliveries to Ukraine in the amount of 450 million dollars (about 428 million euros). Since the start of the war four months ago, the US government has said it has pledged or already delivered weapons and equipment worth around 6.1 billion US dollars (5.8 billion euros) to Ukraine.