Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets with the president of the United States Joe Biden to discuss how UK and US can harness shared values and collective strengths as a force for global good_ from helping the world recover against Covid 19 to a steadfast defense of human rights.
Boris Johnson hailed his first in-person talks with US President Joe Biden as a “breath of fresh air”.
Speaking at the G7 summit it Cornwall, the Prime Minister said: “It’s wonderful to listen to the Biden administration and Joe Biden because there’s so much that they want to do together with us – on security, on Nato, to climate change.”It’s fantastic, it’s a breath of fresh air.”
The president and the prime minister set out a global vision in a new Atlantic Charter to deepen cooperation in democracy and human rights, defence and security, science and innovation, and economic prosperity, with renewed joint efforts to tackle the challenges posed by climate change, biodiversity loss, and emerging health threats.
The two leaders had earlier sought to play down suggestions of a rift in the wake of comments made about the escalating Brexit trade war. The US President had put the cat among the pigeons after a senior member of his team warned Lord Frost he was “inflaming” the situation.
While the pair are keen to signal the strength of the special relationship, tensions are bubbling up over the Northern Ireland protocol and Mr Biden’s intervention. Asked if the US President had made his alarm about the situation in Northern Ireland clear, the Prime Minister said: “No, he didn’t.