Biden and Johnson reaffirm 'special relationship' between their two countries

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The President of the United States, Joe Biden, began on a collaborative tone his first trip abroad, meeting British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, host of the G7 summit which opens on Friday.

Reunited on Thursday in Carbis Bay, a village in southwestern Britain, the two men announced they had signed a new Atlantic Charter, inspired by the declaration of cooperation signed in 1941 by two of their illustrious predecessors, the British Winston Churchill and the American Franklin D. Roosevelt.

The chart builds on the commitments and aspirations set out eighty years ago, affirms our ongoing commitment to support our enduring values ​​and defend them against new and old challenges, according to the press release published on the White House website.

The chart revitalized targets issues such as climate change and cyber threats.

Broken in diplomatic relations, the former US vice-president will take his first steps on the international scene in the coming days as the number one of the United States. It was his very first face-to-face meeting with a foreign leader.

At the end of their meeting, he insisted on the special relationship between the two countries, describing his discussions with the one he had already described as physical and emotional clone by Donald Trump from very productive.

The British leader, who was seen as an ally of the Republican with the unilateralist approach, was delighted to see his American partner wanting to collaborate with London on a series of issues.

It's a big breath of fresh air. It's new, it's interesting and we work very hard together, he said, referring to a long discussion having very well.

On his arrival the day before, Joe Biden, a supporter of a multilateralist approach, had also trumpeted the return of the United States to the concert of nations during an address to American soldiers at Mildenhall base.

As the American media reported on Wednesday, the American president also announced that the United States would share with disadvantaged countries 500 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against COVID-19. He said distribution would begin in August, confirming that the first 200 million doses would be delivered by the end of the year.

Organizations like the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF and Amnesty International have for months urged rich countries to do more to help poor countries stem the pandemic.

The global vaccination campaign will also be on the agenda of the G7 discussions.


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