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Biden and Boris Johnson talk alliance, climate, Covid

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“Nice to talk to President @JoeBiden this night,” Johnson wrote in a tweet earlier Saturday. “I look ahead to deepening the longstanding alliance between our two nations as we drive a inexperienced and sustainable restoration from COVID-19.”

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Johnson congratulated Biden for his inauguration and praised Biden’s choice to reenter the Paris local weather settlement, the COVAX program on increasing vaccine entry and the World Well being Group, Johnson’s workplace mentioned in a readout of the decision.

“In addition they mentioned the advantages of a possible free deal between our two nations, and our Prime Minister reiterated his intention to resolve present commerce points as quickly as doable,” Johnson’s workplace mentioned within the assertion. “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.”

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Johnson, a conservative populist and one-time agency ally of former President Donald Trump, had sought to place distance of their relationship after Biden gained the presidential election, with Johnson releasing a press release condemning Trump’s actions amid the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol.

Johnson-backed Brexit has altered the longstanding “particular relationship” between the U.S. and the U.Okay.

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“If you needed to get one thing performed with Europe, you made the primary or maybe second name to London,” Charles Kupchan, who served as a senior Nationwide Safety Council European affairs official in each the Obama and Clinton administrations, previously told POLITICO.

In 2021, “you’re nonetheless going to name London, however that decision shall be decrease down within the queue. Britain doesn’t have a seat on the desk anymore,” attributable to Brexit, he mentioned.

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“Biden is in search of to strengthen and renew ties with the EU, and Britain will not be going to be part of that,” an individual conversant in Biden’s considering previously told POLITICO.

Trump and former U.Okay. Prime Minster Theresa Could famously had a troublesome relationship. May said recently she ”by no means knew what to anticipate” from Trump, who was additionally a frequent critic of the EU bloc earlier than the U.Okay.’s final exit Jan. 31.

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Trump abruptly canceled a deliberate journey to London with Could in January 2018. When he visited Could for the primary time, he was highly critical of Could in an interview with a tabloid printed throughout the journey. Johnson succeeded Could as chief of the Conservative Social gathering and prime minister in July 2019.

On Friday, Biden spoke with President Andrés Manuel López Obrador of Mexico and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

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The calls come as Biden makes an attempt to start his quest to “restore dignified management at dwelling and revered management on the world stage” after Trump’s America First strategy to worldwide relations.

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