London: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and US President Joe Biden have signed a new Atlantic Charter aimed at working together on global challenges during their first personal meeting.
The meeting took place on Thursday on the eve of the G7 leaders’ summit in the seaside resort of Carbis Bay, Cornwall, the Xinhua news agency reported.
This is Biden’s first foreign trip since coming to power in January.
In a statement issued by Downing Street, the two leaders pledged to deepen cooperation through the new Atlantic Charter reflecting the original version of then-British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and US President Franklin Roosevelt in 1941.
The new charter outlined current threats, including illegal finances, violent conflict and extremism, climate change and global health crises such as the Covid-19 pandemic.
‘They have agreed to work to reopen travel and to continue to share information that will help stem the spread of the country coronavirus in our countries and internationally, ”a Downing Street spokesman was quoted as saying in the statement.
During the meeting, Biden and Johnson also tried to alleviate their differences over the Northern Ireland issue, but have not yet found a real solution.
“The leaders agreed that both the EU and the United Kingdom had a responsibility to work together and to find pragmatic solutions to enable unrestricted trade between Northern Ireland, the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland,” it said. statement from Downing Street.
Describing Biden as a “fresh air”, Johnson said he was “optimistic” that the peace process would continue and that there was “absolutely general basis” on the issue.
“It’s incredibly important that we confirm that (relationship) and the conversations were good. It went on for a long time, we covered a wide range of topics, and it’s great to listen to the Biden government and Joe Biden,” he said. said in a statement.
For his part, Biden said the “Atlantic Charter” would address the “biggest challenges of this century – cyber security, emerging technologies, global health and climate change”.
“We have reaffirmed the special relationship – which is not to be taken lightly – the special relationship between our people and renewed our commitment to defending the lasting democratic values that both our countries share,” he added.
The G7 summit is the first time that world leaders will meet in person since the coronavirus pandemic.
Queen Elizabeth II, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who will all be attending the reception of the G7 leaders on Friday night, are reported.
Afterwards, Prince Charles will host a reception for the G7 leaders and CEOs of the world’s largest companies to discuss how the private sector can work with governments to tackle the climate crisis, including Prince William.
Source: Telangana Today