Biden calls for a sovereign and democratic state of Palestine

NEW YORK: US President Joe Biden has said that a sovereign and democratic Palestinian state is the best way to ensure Israel’s future.

US President Joe Biden speaks during the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York.

He stressed his commitment to preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, reiterating his administration’s willingness to rejoin the 2015 accord limiting the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program.

“The United States remains committed to preventing Iran from getting a nuclear weapon… We’re prepared to return to full compliance with [the deal] if Iran does the same,” he said.

Biden also touted American support for Israel’s security and said that the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was “the best way” to ensure Israel remains a Jewish and democratic state.

In his address, his first to the UN General Assembly as US president, Biden also said America is not seeking a new Cold War with China as he vowed to pivot from post-9/11 conflicts and take a global leadership role on crises from climate to COVID-19.

Biden promised to work to advance democracy and alliances, despite the latest friction with Europe over France’s loss of a huge submarines contract with Australia to an alternative American deal.

Biden said that the US was “working” with China, France, Russia, Britain and Germany to “engage Iran diplomatically and to seek a return to” the nuclear deal, known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which America left in 2018 under then-US president Donald Trump.

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