US President Joe Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson met for the first time on Thursday ahead of the G7 summit in England. Biden hopes to reassure European allies that the United States is once again a reliable partner. (June 1
FALMOUTH, England – President Joe Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson personally dimensioned each other on Thursday for the first time since Biden took office.
Despite Britain’s sometimes controversial and unpredictable leaders’ enthusiastic support for President Donald Trump, Johnson and Biden’s first big moment on the global stage got off to a mutually pleasing start – at least in public.
“It’s beautiful. I do not want to go home,” Biden said as he and Johnson along with their wives, Jill and Carrie, stood on a deck above St. Ives Bay, a majestic stretch of beach that looks rugged. headland in this part of south-west England. The group’s seven summit, a meeting between the world’s wealthy industrialized nations, takes place here Friday through Sunday. The coronavirus pandemic and climate change are among the topics discussed.
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In addition to the comforts, there was content in their conversations. Here are four key takeaways:
Easier COVID-19 travel restrictions
Biden and Johnson launched a task force that will make policy recommendations on the safe reopening of international travel between the UK and the US.
Before the coronavirus outbreak, more than 4.5 million Americans visited Britain each year, and more than 5 million British nationals traveled to the United States annually.
No specific timing was announced when the task force would be operational. British researchers said the UK might be starting to see a third wave of coronavirus infections as a result of the Delta variant first discovered in India.
Inspired by Churchill and Roosevelt: A new ‘Atlantic Charter’
The travel task force was announced as part of a broad “Atlantic Charter” aimed at “tackling the biggest challenges of our time” from global defense to climate change, Johnson’s office said. The Charter is modeled on a historic joint statement made by Prime Minister Winston Churchill and President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1941, describing their goals for the post-war world. It will include the defense of democracy and the building of a sustainable global trading system.
“While Churchill and Roosevelt faced the question of how to help the world recover from a devastating war, today we have to reckon with a very different, but no less frightening, challenge – how to better rebuild. from the coronavirus pandemic, ”Johnson said.
He and Biden saw some historical documents attached to the original charter.
Biden ‘solid’ on Good Friday agreement
Biden pressured Johnson on how Brexit, Britain’s exit from the European Union, could affect the Good Friday Agreement, the peace treaty in Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland remained part of Great Britain. after Brexit, but Ireland is in the EU, and frictionless – or borderless – trade across the EU, the political bloc has partially guaranteed stability at the Irish border for decades. Johnson’s government has struggled to come up with an alternative acceptable to the EU, and Ireland is an issue that is close to Biden’s heart because of his family ties to the nation.
Biden’s national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, said in a briefing on Air Force One before the president landed in Britain on Wednesday: “Any action that hinders or undermines the Good Friday agreement will not be welcomed by the United States.”
“The president (will not) make threats or (an) ultimatum,” Sullivan said, but Biden “has been crystal clear about his firm belief in the Good Friday Agreement as the basis for peaceful coexistence in Northern Ireland. Must be protected.”
President Joe Biden said he reaffirmed the nations’ alliance on climate change, global security and the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Vaccinates doses worldwide
Biden announced that the United States purchased 500 million doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to donate to 92 low-income countries and the African Union.
Rich nations have been under pressure to share their vaccine surplus with the rest of the world. U.S. donations begin shipping in August, distributed through the global vaccine alliance known as COVAX; 200 million will be shared this year and the remaining 300 million will be donated through the first half of 2022.
“America knows firsthand the tragedies of this pandemic,” Biden said. Nearly 600,000 people in the United States have died from COVID-19 – more American deaths than in both world wars, the Vietnam War and the 9/11 terrorist attacks combined.
“We know the tragedy,” Biden said. “We also know the way to recovery.”
At the G-7, world leaders are expected to announce plans to deliver at least 1 billion coronavirus vaccine doses to the world through dose sharing and funding and set up a plan to expand vaccine production to achieve this goal.
Johnson said Britain will donate 100 million excess vaccine doses within the next year, including 5 million within the next few weeks, primarily for use in the world’s poorest countries. Eighty percent of the doses go to COVAX, and the rest are shared directly with countries in need.
Biden called COVID-19 “the current enemy of world peace” and warned that “just as the US economy is improving, it is in all our interests that the global economy begins to recover.”
“It will not happen unless we can get this pandemic under control worldwide,” he said.
On Sunday, Queen Elizabeth II will host Bidens at Windsor Castle.
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