Draghi in New York stops ambiguity, ‘no hesitation against autocracies’

Biden, ‘he is powerful voice, thank you for his leadership’

“When we draw a red line, we have to enforce it. When we make a commitment, we have to honor it. Autocracies thrive on exploiting our hesitation. We should avoid ambiguityso as not to regret it later. “Prime Minister Mario Draghi says this clearly, in his first speech in New York in what marks his longest trip as prime minister. Tomorrow the premier will speak at the United Nations Assembly , but on the eve of the Unga he arrived at Perrine in New York in the evening – in a tuxedo, the dress code required for the occasion – to receive the ‘World Statesman Award‘.

The award was presented to him by the former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, while the congratulatory message from US President Joe Biden, who acknowledged that he was “a powerful voice in promoting tolerance and justice “, thanking him for his leadership.

Draghi opens his speech by paying tribute to Shinzo Abe, the former Japanese prime minister who was assassinated last August. He underlines the “importance of dialogue”, “at the center” of his “professional life as an economist and as a political decision-maker”. And he recalls that “only global cooperation can help solve global problems”. Yet, Draghi acknowledges, the world today is facing an enormous challenge. “The Russian invasion of Ukraine is likely to usher in a new era of polarizationwhich we have not seen since the end of the Cold War. “For this reason,” the question of how we deal with autocracies will define our ability to shape our common future for many years to come. “

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For the premier, “the solution lies in a combination of openness, coherence and commitment. We must be clear and explicit about the founding values ​​of our societies. I refer to our faith in democracy and the rule of law, our respect for human rights, our commitment to global solidarity. These ideals should guide our foreign policy in a clear and predictable way. ”

Draghi underlines the ‘weight’ of the Russian choices in the Unga edition starting tomorrow. “I hope there will be a future when Russia decides to go back to the same rules it signed in 1945. Despite all the darkness of the times we live in, I remain optimistic about the futureAnd he once again applauds the “heroism of Ukraine, of President Zelensky and his people”, “a powerful reminder of what we stand for, of what we are about to lose.” And here it underpins the choices made so far.

“The European Union and the G7 – along with our allies – have remained steadfast and united in support of Ukraine, despite Moscow’s attempts to divide us. Our collective quest for peace continues, as evidenced by the agreement to unlock millions. tons of cereals from ports on the Black Sea “. Draghi reiterates once again that “only Ukraine can decide which peace is acceptable, but we must do everything possible to favor an agreement when it is finally possible”. And he delivers a message of hope, despite the dark clouds: to build “new bridges where the old ones have collapsed”. “As I was reminded during my recent visit to Yad Vashem – he says returning to the recent visit to Israel – indifference is the worst enemy of humanity. Speaking openly is not only a moral obligation, it is a civic duty. To those who ask for silence, submission and obedience we must oppose the power of words – and deeds. Today the world needs courage, clarity, love and hope “.