British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has spoken to newly-appointed US President Joe Biden for the first time since the inauguration.
Boris Johnson took to Twitter and mentioned that he looked forward to “deepening the longstanding alliance” between the UK and the US as they drove a “green and sustainable recovery from Covid-19”.
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris took oath in the inauguration ceremony on 20th January as President and Vice-president respectively. PM Johnson said that it was a “step forward” for the US.
A Downing Street spokesman said Mr. Johnson “warmly welcomed” the president’s decision to rejoin the Paris Agreement on climate change and the World Health
Organization – both abandoned by Mr. Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump.
“The prime minister praised President Biden’s early action on tackling climate change and commitment to reach net-zero by 2050.”
The spokesman added that, in building on the two nations’ “long history of cooperation in security and defense, the leaders “re-committed to the Nato alliance and our shared values in promoting human rights and protecting democracy”.
Johnson and Biden also talked about “the benefits of a potential free trade deal” between the UK and the US, with Mr. Johnson reiterating his intention “to resolve existing trade issues as soon as possible”. The spokesperson said that they “looked forward to meeting in person as soon as the circumstances allow” and to working together during the forthcoming G7, G20, and COP26 summits.
On the other hand, a White House statement said Mr. Biden “conveyed his intention to strengthen the special relationship” between the US and UK and “revitalize transatlantic ties”.
Mr. Johnson said it was a “big moment” for the UK and the US and their “joint common agenda”.