Secretary of State Antony BlinkenAntony BlinkenPompeo: Reentering Iran deal would make Middle East ‘less secure’Sullivan says tariffs will not take center stage in talks with ChinaBill would block Biden from delisting Cuba as state sponsor of terrorismMORE and Secretary of Defense Lloyd AustinLloyd AustinSunday shows preview: Democrats declare victory on COVID-19 stimulus; Vaccination efforts provide hope for summerArmy reservist who participated in Capitol insurrection was widely-known white supremacistAfghanistan to participate in separate US, Russia-sponsored peace conferencesMORE called international alliances force multipliers for the U.S. in a Sunday op-ed.

The secretaries wrote in The Washington Post that the U.S. is prioritizing restablishing its relationships with other countries in the early months of President BidenJoe BidenPompeo: Reentering Iran deal would make Middle East ‘less secure’DNC gears up for midterm pushBiden struggles to unravel web of Trump immigration rulesMOREs term. 

The op-eds release comes as the first overseas Cabinet-level visits are scheduled for this week to Japan and South Korea, the secretaries noted, saying they wanted to lay out why alliances are vital to our national security and how they deliver for the American people.

Our alliances are what our military calls force multipliers, Blinken and Austin wrote. Were able to achieve far more with them than we could without them.

No country on Earth has a network of alliances and partnerships like ours, they continued. It would be a huge strategic error to neglect these relationships. And its a wise use of our time and resources to adapt and renew them, to ensure theyre as strong and effective as they can be.

Blinken and Austin wrote that the alliances with Japan and South Korea contribute to the U.S.s and the worlds security and prosperity, including when it comes to determining the best response to threats from North Korea, global security issues, climate change, cybersecurity and health security. 

As President Biden has said, the United States will lead with diplomacy, because its the most effective way to meet the challenges we face today, few of which can be solved by us acting alone, the secretaries wrote.

At the same time, we will maintain the worlds most powerful armed forces, because thats a core source of our national and collective strength, they added. And we will work hard to renew our alliances and ensure theyre fit for purpose to address the threats and opportunities of our time.

The key members of Bidens Cabinet publicized their support for international alliances following former President TrumpDonald TrumpPompeo: Reentering Iran deal would make Middle East ‘less secure’DNC gears up for midterm pushBiden struggles to unravel web of Trump immigration rulesMOREs time in office, in which the administration prioritized an America first and U.S.-centric agenda.

Under Trump, the U.S. pulled out of several international organizations and agreements including the Paris climate agreement, the Iran nuclear deal and the World Health Organization.