It is the beginning of a European summit marathon for US President Biden: before the G7 meeting in Great Britain has it Prime Minister Boris Johnson warmly welcomed.
Before the start of the G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Great Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson received US President Joe Biden in the coastal town in the south of England. “Everyone is really happy to see you here,” said Johnson at the start of the bilateral meeting on Thursday, at which both politicians were in high spirits.
Biden congratulated Johnson on his recent wedding to fiancée Carrie. “We both got married above our level,” joked the US President, to which his British interlocutor replied: “I will not contradict the President on this subject – and indeed on no other.”
Johnson on the lookout
Already in the run-up to the meeting it became known that Biden and Johnson wanted to announce a new edition of the Atlantic Charter from 1941. The charter concluded 80 years ago between then US President Franklin D. Roosevelt and then British Prime Minister Winston Churchill defined the common international principles of Washington and London.
Government circles in London said the new charter would cover a variety of topics, from global defense and security to post-coronavirus reconstruction and the fight against climate change.
The renewal of the Atlantic Charter is an important achievement for Johnson, who is looking for new international partnerships after Brexit. During his meeting with Johnson, Biden wanted to emphasize the “special relationship” between Great Britain and the United States, but at the same time warned the British Prime Minister that the peace in Northern Ireland was at risk.
The first stop of a summit marathon for Biden
In contrast to his predecessor Donald Trump, Biden, who has Irish roots himself, is no friend of Johnson’s Brexit policy. Biden had repeatedly criticized London’s efforts to move away from its obligations to Northern Ireland under the Brexit agreement with the EU, warning that doing so could jeopardize the success of a US-UK trade deal. Other topics of the meeting between Biden and Johnson should be the pandemic policy and the resumption of travel between their two countries.
For Biden, the meeting with Johnson marks the start of a summit marathon in Europe, which begins on Friday with the G7 meeting in Carbis Bay. Before the US President travels to Brussels for the NATO summit on Monday, Queen Elizabeth II receives him at Windsor Castle. An EU-US summit will follow on Tuesday before the US President will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva on Wednesday.
The US President had already arrived in Great Britain on Wednesday evening. “The United States is back,” said the president after landing his Air Force One at Mildenhall Air Base.