President Biden made his first phone call with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday, where Johnson pressed the new president for a US-UK trade deal.
Johnson also welcomed some of Biden’s new executive functions.
A spokesman for Downing Street said in a statement, “The Prime Minister welcomed the President’s decision to rejoin the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, as well as the World Health Organization and the COVAX program.” Johnson praised Biden’s early action to tackle climate change.
“He also discussed the benefits of a potential free trade deal between our two countries, and the Prime Minister reiterated his intention to resolve current trade issues as quickly as possible,” the spokesperson continued.
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Britain has recently regained control of its national trade policy in the post-Brexit transition period.
White House press secretary Jane Saki said a new trade deal was short on Biden’s list of priorities, as he was focused on getting the coronovirus epidemic under control and his $ 1.9 trillion Kovid relief bill passed.
The White House said in its statement that the two leaders discussed climate change, curbed Kovid-19 and shared foreign policy priorities in China, Iran and Russia.
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The call was Biden’s third with a foreign leader this week. He spoke with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Andres Manuel López Obrador on Friday evening.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.