According to the British Prime Minister’s Office, Boris Johnson and Joe Biden, in their first talks since the inauguration of the US President on Sunday, pledged to deepen and co-operate in tackling climate change.
Johnson congratulated Biden on his inauguration and said “both leaders look forward to deepening the close alliance between our nations,” a statement from Downing Street said. According to British newspapers, Johnson was the first European leader to receive Biden’s phone call, having previously spoken to his Canadian and Mexican counterparts.
The right-wing Sunday Telegraph reports that Johnson was the first leader outside North America to speak to Biden. “His scheduled phone call was brought forward two days ago, highlighting the special relationship between Britain and the United States. Promotion will be considered. “
Biden spoke with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in his first meeting with a foreign leader on Friday. The White House said in a readout of the call that Biden “intends to strengthen the special relationship between our countries and also notes the importance of cooperation through multilateral organizations on common challenges.”
Johnson tweeted a picture of himself in his shirt sleeve as he spoke on the phone. He wrote, “Nice to meet President Biden this evening.”
The purpose of the talks came after Biden called Johnson a “physical and emotional clone” of Donald Trump, who emerged as US president in 2019, after heating up republican relations.
Biden has also been critical of Johnson’s Brexit policy, but the Downing Street statement said the leaders “discussed the benefits of a possible free trade agreement between our two countries.” Johnson said he intends to “resolve current trade issues” as soon as possible.
Biden, who has Irish roots, warned before his election that he would not agree to a trade deal if Brexit damaged the Good Friday Agreement of 1998. The agreement ended 30 years of violence in Northern Ireland. Johnson praised Biden for quickly changing his predecessor’s decisions.
He “warmly welcomed” Biden’s decision to rejoin the United States in the Paris Climate Accord and to join the World Health Organization. The Prime Minister also praised Biden’s commitment to zero emissions by 2050.
The leaders said they hoped to meet soon and work together at the UN World Climate Change Summit in Scotland in November. The White House said common challenges include “combating climate change, including Code 19, and ensuring global health care,” and Biden’s goal was to “revitalize collective relations.” It emphasizes the important role of NATO for our collective defense and shared values. “
Johnson’s statement added that the leaders “reaffirmed their commitment to the NATO alliance” and “shared values in promoting human rights and protecting democracy.” Trump was a vocal critic of the Transatlantic Alliance.