Former US Vice President Mike Pence Keynote Address
The Washington Times report:
Former Vice President Mike Pence joined other world leaders Saturday in calling on nations to forge new friendships and break down historic barriers to peace as the globe pulls free from the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mr. Pence said that as coronavirus case counts drop and vaccination levels mount, it is now time to look ahead and begin building a better tomorrow.
“Every day we are one day closer to putting the long night of the coronavirus behind us. Rays of sunlight have pierced the horizon and a bright new day is dawning,” Mr. Pence told current and former heads of state and prominent U.S. political figures participating in a digital “Rally of Hope.”
“Now, as nations undertake the urgent work of restoring lost jobs, reopening shuttered industries, we must remember that our task is not merely to rebuild the world of the past, but to forge a brighter future for all our citizens,” he said.
The rally, organized by the Universal Peace Federation (UPF), drew well over 1 million participants from across the globe, all united in the fight against oppression, poverty and racial discrimination. Saturday’s event was the fifth such rally since August, with the virtual gatherings offering a valuable outlet for optimism and encouragement in what’s been a bleak period amid the coronavirus outbreak.
In addition to Mr. Pence, a host of other prominent officials and world leaders spoke at Saturday’s rally, including Cape Verdean President Jorge Carlos de Almeida Fonseca, Guyanese Prime Minister Mark Phillips, former South African President F.W. de Klerk and others.