03:25 GMT03 March 2021
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    Biden's comments are expected on Friday at a special virtual gathering of the Munich Security Conference (MSC) - the world's leading forum at which global leaders, politicians and experts discuss pressing issues of international affairs and global policy.

    US President Joe Biden will tell the Munich Security Conference that democracy and autocracy are 'at an inflection point', according to excerpts of his speech which have been released by the White House.

    According to Biden's remarks, democratic progress is under assault in many places, including the US and Europe, yet the president is convinced that "democracy must prevail".

    "We have to defend it. Strengthen it. Renew it. We have to prove that our model isn’t a relic of our history. It’s the single best way to realize the promise of our future. And if we work together with our democratic partners, with strength and confidence, I know that we will meet every challenge and outpace every challenger", Biden is expected to say.

    The comments are expected at a special gathering of the Munich Security Conference, titled "Beyond Westlessness: Renewing Transatlantic Cooperation, Meeting Global Challenges".

    Biden’s address to the Munich Security Conference will be preceded by the G7 virtual gathering that is expected to focus on joint efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic, climate change and economic challenges posed by China.

    On 4 February, Biden vowed in his first major foreign policy speech, to restore the US' position as a world leader by taking multilateral approaches to global challenges and countering "rising rivals such as China and Russia".

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