Biden called Johnson

The British prime minister was among the first heads of state and government to receive a phone call after the US president took office

US President Joseph Biden on Saturday had a phone conversation with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to discuss both countries’ “foreign policy priorities” such as Russia, Iran and China.

“Very happy to have a conversation with President Joe Biden on Saturday. I look forward to strengthening our countries’ long-standing partnership as the UK and US economies make a green sustainable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic”, –  Johnson wrote on his Twitter page on Saturday evening.

During the call, the US leader “noted the importance of cooperation, including through multilateral organisations, on common challenges such as combating climate change and containing COVID-19, ensuring global health security.”

“He noted his willingness to work closely with Prime Minister Johnson as the United Kingdom hosts this year’s G7 summit and the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP26). The leaders also discussed the need to coordinate common foreign policy priorities, including China, Iran and Russia”, –  the White House said in a statement released after the conversation.

Biden also pointed to the need to “revitalise transatlantic ties, emphasising NATO’s crucial role in collective defence and shared values”.

Biden’s calls to other European leaders were not previously reported. Since his inauguration on 20 January, the new White House leader has held talks with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Andres Manuel López Obrador.


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