Biden to join virtual Munich Security Conference: White House

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the political situation in Myanmar at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 10, 2021. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

BERLIN (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden will address a virtual edition of the annual Munich Security Conference on Feb. 19, the White House said on Thursday.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed the address at a press briefing in Washington.

Biden attended the Munich Security Conference in 2009 and 2015 as U.S. vice president and met Chancellor Angela Merkel at the annual gathering.

The Munich conference, the so-called ‘Davos for Defence’, is a major venue for transatlantic, foreign and security policy dialogue. Merkel has promised the new U.S. president greater German foreign policy engagement.

Reporting by Andreas Rinke; additional reporting by Diane Bartz; Writing by Paul Carrel; Editing by Mark Heinrich