Washington, April 30 -- The US will "maintain a strong military presence in the Indo-Pacific" just as it does with NATO in Europe, and it will retain an "over-the-horizon" capability as it leaves Afghanistan in September, President Joe Biden has said in his first address to a joint session of Congress.

In a 65-minute speech to a chamber sparsely populated in view of the Covid-19 pandemic, Biden recalled major accomplishments of his first 100 days in office such as a rescue plan and laid out his agenda for the remainder of his term that many experts described as the most progressive for a Democratic president in decades.

"America is on the move again," he said as he started his speech that was focused mostly on domestic issues, such as the...