WASHINGTON/LONDON: Joe Biden conveyed his intention to strengthen the “particular relationship” with the UK in his first name because the US President with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, throughout which the 2 leaders re-committed to the NATO alliance and agreed to cooperate on combating local weather change and containing the COVID-19 pandemic.
The dialog with Johnson over telephone on Saturday was Biden’s third involving a international chief since his inauguration on Wednesday, after he spoke with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Friday.
“Nice to talk to President Joe Biden this night. I look ahead to deepening the longstanding alliance between our two nations as we drive a inexperienced and sustainable restoration from COVID-19,” Johnson mentioned in a tweet.
Evidently a brand new commerce settlement was not on the checklist of priorities for each side.
Whereas the Downing Road readout of the telephone name referred to Johnson reiterating his intention to resolve current commerce points as quickly as attainable, the White Home communique of the decision solely referred to “strengthening the particular relationship”.
“The president conveyed his intention to strengthen the particular relationship between our nations and revitalise transatlantic ties, underscoring the vital function of NATO to our collective protection and shared values,” the White Home mentioned.
“Constructing on the UK and US’ lengthy historical past of cooperation in safety and defence, the leaders re-committed to the NATO alliance and our shared values in selling human rights and defending democracy.
Additionally they mentioned the advantages of a possible free commerce deal between our two nations, and the Prime Minister reiterated his intention to resolve current commerce points as quickly as attainable,” a Downing Road spokesperson mentioned.
The UK is eager to conclude a post-Brexit free commerce settlement with the US, however the brand new American administration has been much less vocal over this amid the continued COVID-19 pandemic disaster.
The worldwide well being disaster and vaccination programme in each nations and world wide in addition to local weather change had been areas of extra mutual settlement, with safety and defence via strengthening the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) additionally excessive on the agenda in distinction with former President Donald Trump’s arduous ball with the alliance.
In the course of the name, President Biden famous the significance of cooperation, together with via multilateral organisations, on shared challenges equivalent to combatting local weather change, containing COVID-19, and making certain world well being safety, the White Home mentioned.
The leaders additionally mentioned the necessity for coordination on shared international coverage priorities, together with China, Iran, and Russia, it mentioned.
“The Prime Minister warmly welcomed the President’s resolution to re-join the Paris Settlement on local weather change, in addition to the World Well being Organisation and the COVAX programme to make sure equitable entry for vaccines, the Downing Road spokesperson mentioned.
On local weather change, Johnson is claimed to have additionally praised President Biden’s early motion on tackling local weather change and dedication to achieve Internet Zero by 2050.
“The leaders appeared ahead to assembly in individual as quickly because the circumstances permit, and to working collectively via the G7, G20 and COP26 this 12 months,” the spokesperson added.
The UK will probably be internet hosting the G7 summit in Cornwall in June, which is anticipated to be Biden’s first go to to the nation.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi can also be because of be part of the summit for its visitor nation periods.
The brand new White Home incumbent is famously anti-Brexit however all early indications are that his views on the UK’s exit from the European Union (EU) are unlikely to overshadow US-UK relations in future.
In his name with Mexico’s President, Biden and Obrador agreed to work intently to stem the move of irregular migration to Mexico and the US, in addition to to advertise growth within the Northern Triangle of Central America.
“The president outlined his plan to scale back migration by addressing its root causes, rising resettlement capability and lawful various immigration pathways, bettering processing on the border to adjudicate requests for asylum, and reversing the earlier administration’s draconian immigration insurance policies,” the White Home mentioned.
Additionally they recognised the significance of coordination to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, it mentioned.