BORIS Johnson and Joe Biden will put reopening UK-US travel top of the agenda when they finally meet today.
The US President landed in Britain last night ahead of this weekend’s G7 summit in Cornwall — on his first foreign visit in office.
Boris and Joe Biden will put reopening UK-US travel top of the agenda when they finally meet today[/caption]
Air Force One touched down at RAF Mildenhall, Suffolk, just before 8pm where Mr Biden, 78, and his wife Gill, 70, addressed US troops as they began their eight-day trip to Europe.
Mr Biden said his visit would show that “the United States is back” and democracies are standing together.
He added that as founding members of Nato, the US and UK were part of the “strongest military and political alliance in history” — but warned it needed to be “modernised” to protect against new challenges.
He is set to meet Mr Johnson today when they will discuss resuming flights. They were stopped more than 400 days ago because of the pandemic.
The leaders will also forge a post-Brexit accord focusing on global health, climate change and Covid recovery.
It will mirror the Atlantic Charter signed in 1941 by the then British PM and US President, Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Mr Biden, 78, is being joined by his wife Gill, 70[/caption]
Mr Biden, who will meet the Queen at Windsor after the summit, has said one aim of his trip was to show China and Russia that the Western alliance is strong[/caption]
Air Force One touched down at RAF Mildenhall, Suffolk, just before 8pm on Wednesday[/caption]
Mr Johnson said: “While Churchill and Roosevelt faced the question of how to help the world recover following a devastating war, today we have to reckon with a very different but no less intimidating challenge — how to build back better from the coronavirus pandemic.
“Co-operation between the UK and US, the closest of partners and the greatest of allies, will be crucial for the future of the world’s stability and prosperity.”
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Mr Biden, who will meet the Queen at Windsor after the summit, has said one aim of his trip was to show China and Russia that the Western alliance is strong.
He will leave the UK for Brussels for talks with EU and Nato chiefs, before meeting Russia’s Vladimir Putin.
Heads of state from France, Germany, Canada, Italy and Japan will also be at the G7 summit at Carbis Bay.
The President addressed US troops in Suffolk as he began his eight-day trip to Europe[/caption]