Johnson looks forward to ‘deepen longstanding alliance’ with Biden

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson reacts from 10 Downing Street after Britain and the European Union (EU) reached a deal, in London, Britain, Dec. 24, 2020. (Pippa Fowles/No 10 Downing Street/Handout via Xinhua/ians)

London, Jan 24 (IANS) UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he “looks forward to deepening the longstanding alliance” with the US while speaking to US President Joe Biden.

This was the first phone call between the two leaders since Biden’s inauguration as the 46th US President on January 20.

Taking to Twitter on Friday night, Johnson said: “Great to speak to President Joe Biden this evening. I look forward to deepening the longstanding alliance between our two countries as we drive a green and sustainable recovery from Covid-19.”

According to a Downing Street spokesman, the two leaders also spoke about about “the benefits of a potential free trade deal” between the UK and the US, with Johnson reiterating his intention “to resolve existing trade issues as soon as possible”, the BBC reported.

During the call, Johnson also “warmly welcomed” the new President’s decision to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement as well as the World Health Organization, which were both abandoned by Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump, the spokesman said.

“The Prime Minister praised President Biden’s early action on tackling climate change and commitment to reach net zero by 2050.”

Regarding the two nations’ “long history of cooperation in security and defence, the leaders “re-committed to the Nato alliance and our shared values in promoting human rights and protecting democracy”, the BBC quoted the spokesman as further saying.

Johnson and Biden “looked forward to 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.

In a statement regarding the call, the White House said that the resident “conveyed his intention to strengthen the special relationship and revitalise transatlantic ties”.

The first foreign leader Biden spoke to after assuming office was Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday.

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