Biden dials Johnson over transatlantic ties

Washington/London, Jan 24

Joe Biden conveyed his intention to strengthen the “special relationship” with the UK in his first call as the US President with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, during which the two leaders re-committed to the NATO alliance and agreed to cooperate on combating climate change and containing the Covid-19 pandemic.

The conversation with Johnson over phone was Biden’s third involving a foreign leader since his inauguration on Wednesday. “I look forward to deepening the longstanding alliance between our two countries as we drive a green and sustainable recovery from Covid-19,” Johnson said in a tweet.

Strengthening bond

The President conveyed his intention to strengthen the special ties between our countries underscoring the critical role of NATO to our collective defence and shared values. —White House

It seem that a new trade agreement was not on the list of priorities for both sides. While the Downing Street readout of the phone call referred to Johnson reiterating his intention to resolve existing trade issues as soon as possible, the White House communique of the call only referred to “strengthening the special relationship”. — PTI

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