The President of the United States and the Prime Minister of the UK finally had their first in-person meeting on Thursday. The two leaders held a bilateral meeting on Thursday and renewed the Atlantic Charter. On Thursday, President Joe Biden landed in Cornwall and met the PM ahead of the G-7 summit. PM Johnson told Biden that everyone in the UK is thrilled to welcome and see the recently elected president of the US.
While the duo had a meeting to sign the revitalized Atlantic Charter, outlining modern threats, they also shared some jokes during the first in-person visit. The 46th President of the United States mocked his UK counterpart for marrying someone outside his league. Biden mentioned that he and the UK’s PM have something in common, as they both married way above their station.
Prime Minister Johnson married the daughter of co-founder of The Independent newspaper, Carrie Symonds on 29 May 2021 at a secret wedding. He is the first prime minister after Lord Liverpool to marry while serving the office. Johnson responded to Biden’s joke by mentioning that he will not disagree to Biden’s statement. He also added that he was not going to dissent on anything else.
President Biden will join world leaders on the 47th G7 summit on June 11-13, 2021 in the UK
This is also the first overseas visit of the president Joe Biden after being elected as the president. The 47th G7 summit will also be the first summit for Joe Biden, along with Japan’s PM Yoshihide Suga and Italy’s PM Mario Draghi. However, Biden’s overseas tour will not end following the conclusion of the G7 summit. He is also going to meet with NATO in later date in Brussels and later conclude the eight-day trip by meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva.
Ahead of the G7 summit, Biden and Johnson discussed the old and new challenges faces by two countries, global vaccination efforts, reopening travel between the UK and US, and climate change. The reports further mentioned that the leaders also discussed misinformation and election interference.