Earlier, Guterres said that the main issue of the meeting would be the “cold war” of the United States and China.
Biden is critical of cooperation with China on COVID-19 and other issues.
However, Biden’s brief statement at the beginning of the meeting with Guterres was only general in nature.
“The Secretary-General and I share a strong commitment to the principles of human freedom and human dignity on which the UN was founded,” he said.
“I look forward to addressing the [General] Assembly tomorrow. This is a great honor for me,” Biden added.
On Monday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that the relations between the United States and China “are not of a conflict, but a competitive nature” and disputed their characterization given by Guterres.