Biden calls Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany

Readout of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Call with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany.

APRIL 14, 2021

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany. The two leaders underscored their strong commitment to the transatlantic relationship and pledged to continue working closely together on shared priorities, including combating COVID-19, strengthening global health security, and addressing the climate crisis.

The leaders expressed concern about the build-up of Russian troops on Ukraine’s borders and in occupied Crimea, and reaffirmed their support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The President thanked Chancellor Merkel for Germany’s contributions to NATO’s Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan, and the two leaders agreed to continue supporting efforts to bring peace to Afghanistan.

Biden had also called Markel the 25 January 2021

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, conveying his desire to deepen relations between our countries.

He expressed his intention to revitalize the transatlantic alliance, including through NATO and with the European Union, as the cornerstone of our collective security and shared democratic values.

The leaders agreed to work together on common foreign policy priorities, including Afghanistan, China, Iran, Russia, Ukraine, and the Western Balkans.

The leaders also agreed on the importance of global cooperation, including via renewed American commitment to multilateral organizations, on combating climate change, containing COVID-19 and advancing health security, and pursuing a sustainable global economic recovery.