President Biden on Saturday pledged to strengthen US relations with the UK and its other NATO allies in a phone call with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday.
According to a reading of the call shared by the White House, in the first call with Johnson since Biden’s inauguration, the president “expressed its intention to strengthen special relations between our countries and revitalize transatlantic ties, stressing NATO’s essential role in our collective defense and common values.
The White House added that Biden had signaled his desire to work closely with Johnson as the UK hosted the G-7 and the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) this year.
The phone call also included discussions on the “need for coordination on common foreign policy priorities, including China, Iran and Russia”.
Johnson was the first to announce the call on Saturday, tweeting a photo of him on the phone with the president and adding that he is watching “Looking forward to deepening the long-standing alliance between our two countries as we drive a green and sustainable recovery from COVID-19.”
Great to talk to the president @Joe Biden tonight. I look forward to deepening the long-standing alliance between our two countries as we drive a green and sustainable recovery from COVID-19. pic.twitter.com/Y4P3G74PPz
– Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) 23 January 2021
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During the phone call, which was Biden’s first with a foreign leader since taking office, the two agreed to meet next month. as Washington and Ottawa seek to restore relations after four years of tension.
Canada has always been the first overseas trip for any new US president.
Biden, on his first day in office, signaled a desire to return to multilateralism, including through executive action committing the United States to join the Paris climate agreement, which Trump had withdrawn from the United States following criticism that it had hurt American workers.
Biden described the renewed commitment as a down payment on his climate plan, which calls for putting the country on the path to net zero emissions by 2050.
Biden’s call with Johnson comes as the two countries battle rising rates of COVID-19 infections, exacerbated by the new strain first found in the UK
Johnson announced on Friday that there is evidence to suggest the UK strain of the coronavirus is spreading faster and has higher death rates, although National Institutes of Health director Francis Collins and top infectious disease expert Anthony FauciAnthony FauciNight Health Care – Fauci: Lack of Facts ‘Likely’ Killed Coronavirus Fight | CDC Changes COVID-19 Vaccine Guidelines to Allow Rare Mix of Pfizer and Moderna | Senate chaos threatens to slow agenda for Biden Fauci exasperated by threats to family Poll: plurality of voters say coronavirus vaccine rollout slower than expected MORE warned Saturday that more data is needed to verify these claims.