Boris Johnson talks to Joe Biden in first call since inauguration

PM talks to Biden in first call since inauguration
Mr Johnson raised the benefits of a UK-US trade deal during his phone call with Mr Biden. Source: Number 10
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Daily US Times: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has spoken to US President Joe Biden for the first time since the new president was inaugurated.

Boris Johnson said on Twitter 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”.

Mr Biden was sworn in as US president and Kamala Harris as vice-president in a ceremony in Washington on Wednesday.

The UK Prime Minister said their inauguration was a “step forward” for the US.

A Downing Street spokesman said Mr Johnson “warmly welcomed” president Biden’s decision to rejoin the Paris Agreement on climate change and the World Health Organization – both abandoned by Donald Trump, Mr Biden’s predecessor.

The spokesman said: “The prime minister praised President Biden’s early action on tackling climate change and commitment to reach net zero by 2050.”

The two leaders also talked about “the benefits of a potential free trade deal” between the US and the UK, with Mr Johnson reiterating his intention “to resolve existing trade issues as soon as possible”.

Mr Biden and Mr Johnson “looked forward to meeting in person as soon as the circumstances allow” and to working together during the forthcoming G7, G20 and COP26 summits, the spokesman added.

A White House statement said president Joe Biden “conveyed his intention to strengthen the special relationship” between the UK and US and “revitalize transatlantic ties”.

Congratulating Mr Biden and Ms Harris the British PM said earlier that their inauguration was a “step forward” for the US, which had “been through a bumpy period”.

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