British Prime Minister Boris Johnson praised US President Joe Biden on Thursday as “a breath of fresh air” because he hopes to cooperate with London in all areas-from climate change to covid-19 to security.
“This is a breath of fresh air,” Johnson said of his meeting with Biden before the G7 summit in Cabis Bay, a resort in southwest England.
At the first on-site meeting on Thursday, Biden and Johnson first emphasized the historic alliance between the two countries and put aside the differences between Northern Ireland due to the tensions after Brexit.
“It’s new and interesting. We worked hard together. We talked for about an hour and 20 minutes. It was a long, long, and good meeting. We covered a wide range of topics,” Johnson said.
Biden hopes to use his trip to Europe from Friday to Sunday at the G7 summit to restore multilateral credibility, after President Donald Trump rejected some US allies in Europe and Asia.
Baidner will also travel to Brussels to participate in NATO and EU summits, and then to Geneva to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The President of the United States told reporters: “We have confirmed our special relationship, and I will not take it lightly, the special relationship between our two peoples.”
Johnson downplayed his disagreements with Washington over the impact of Brexit on the peace of Northern Ireland, saying that the United States, the United Kingdom and the European Union were “completely harmonious” in finding solutions to support the 1998 peace agreement.
Johnson said: “There is complete agreement around the need to move on, find solutions, and ensure compliance with the Belfast Agreement on Good Friday.”
“And what I think is interesting is that Northern Ireland is a wonderful place with incredible potential. It is a great place in the UK,” he said.
When asked if Biden expressed his concerns about the situation in Northern Ireland very clearly, he replied that he did not.
Johnson said: “The United States, the United Kingdom, and the European Union have something that absolutely everyone wants to do.”
“It supports the Good Friday agreement and ensures the balance of the peace process. This is an absolutely common position,” he emphasized, adding that he was “optimistic.”
White House National Security Adviser Jack Sullivan said that Biden believes that the Good Friday agreement is “the foundation for peaceful coexistence in Northern Ireland.”
Sullivan said: “Any move that endangers or undermines the agreement will not be welcomed by the United States,” but he does not want to say that Johnson’s move threatens peace.