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Joe Biden arrives at Melsbroek Military Airport in Brussels on June 13. Photo: Yves Herman/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden touched down in Brussels on Sunday evening ahead of two days of talks with NATO and European Union leaders as part of his first foreign trip as president.

Driving the news: Biden was greeted on the tarmac by Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo and a slate of other officials, including Douglas Jones and Mark Libby, the U.S. Permanent Representatives to NATO and the EU respectively.

  • Biden will meet with NATO leaders on Monday and EU leaders on Tuesday, per Reuters.
  • Also penciled into Biden's schedule Monday is a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

The state of play: National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan told reporters aboard Air Force One that Biden plans to discuss the ongoing withdrawal from Afghanistan with NATO allies as well as the "increasingly important" issues of cyber security and defense.

  • Erdoğan said Sunday that he hopes his meeting with Biden will help diffuse tensions between the United States and Turkey. Sullivan noted that the two will discuss a number of critical issues, including developments in Syria and Libya.

The big picture: Biden's trip to Brussels is intended to "reassure allies that America is indeed back while also encouraging them to invest in their own defense," writes Axios' Dave Lawler.

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Biden's communication headaches

President Biden stands with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron at the G7 summit in June. Photo: Patrick Semansky/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

Boris Johnson told reporters on his way to the U.N. General Assembly on Sunday night he didn't believe it was likely that the U.S. would agree to lift its ban on vaccinated foreign travelers this week. Hours later, the White House did exactly that.

Why it matters: For the second time in less than a week, a major U.S. foreign policy decision by the Biden administration appears to have caught one of its closest allies by surprise. And neither was the first time, either.

Sep 20, 2021 - Health

Biden administration to lift travel ban for fully vaccinated international travelers

Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

White House COVID-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients announced on Monday that the Biden administration will allow fully vaccinated travelers from around the world to enter the U.S. beginning in November.

Why it matters: The announcement comes as President Biden seeks commitments from countries to donate vaccines to the global COVAX initiative. He is expected to host a COVID summit on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly this week, and many of the countries attending have expressed frustration with the travel ban.

Sep 19, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Netanyahu mocks Biden about debunked falling asleep video

Photo: AFP via Getty Images

Israeli opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu mocked President Biden's physical appearance during a Facebook live session with supporters on Sunday and imitated him falling asleep.

Why it matters: This is an unprecedented move by Netanyahu who just a few months ago was still the prime minister and is trying to make a political comeback.