The american president Joe Biden, with his wife Jill, will visit Pope Francis at the Vatican on October 29 before attending a two-day summit of leaders of the G20 on Roma, where it hopes to reach an agreement on a global minimum tax of 15%, White House officials announced Thursday.
On the second overseas trip of his presidency, Biden will attend the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) on Glasgow, on November 1-2 and will announce “key actions” on the main themes of the conference, including goals to combat climate change and forest and land use, a White House official told Reuters.
Biden’s visit to the pontiff comes as some Roman Catholic bishops in the United States have been upset by the Democrat’s support for abortion rights. The president is a Catholic who attends church regularly. It will be the first meeting in person between the pope and the president since he became president, the first Catholic since John F. Kennedy.
“They will discuss working together in efforts based on respect for fundamental human dignity, including ending the coronavirus pandemic, addressing the climate crisis and caring for the poor,” explained the White House spokesperson, Jen Psaki, in a statement about the meeting, Reuters replied.
On his trip to Italy, Biden will be present at the G20 leaders’ summit to be held on October 30 and 31 in the capital of Italy, the country that the group is chairing this year. The American is also expected to meet his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, after the anger provoked in France for the defense alliance between USA, United Kingdom and Australia which saw the cancellation of a multi-million dollar order for French submarines by Canberra.