Biden and Johnson expected to commit to lifting US-UK travel restrictions

Biden and Johnson expected to commit to lifting US-UK Covid-19 travel restrictions
US President Joe Biden and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: President Joe Biden and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson are expected to commit to working to open up travel between the UK and the US and lifting restrictions that were put in place to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Both Biden and Johnson are expected to announce a new travel task force on Thursday that will explore options and make recommendations on how to safely resume international travel.

Mr Biden is set to meet with Mr Johnson on Thursday during his first international trip as President ahead of the Group of Seven (G7) summit being held in southwestern England.

On Wednesday, National security adviser Jake Sullivan said the US has established two working groups of public health experts — one with the United Kingdom and one with the European Union.

Sullivan told reporters aboard Air Force One: “The point of these working groups is to share data and set out both milestones and criteria to enable a reopening of travel between our two countries as swiftly as possible, consistent with public health guidance.”

President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Boris Johnson are also expected on Thursday to agree to a new Atlantic Charter modeled on the historic declaration made by Prime Minister Winston Churchill and President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1941 that set out American and British goals for the world after the end of World War II, according to Sullivan.

Both leaders are also expected to agree to pursue a landmark bilateral technology agreement that will be signed next year, according to a source familiar with the matter.

The agreement will focus on reducing barriers for the British tech firms when trying to work with US counterparts.

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