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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and United States President Joe Biden are expected to reaffirm ties between their countries at the end of the G7 summit, despite warnings from Washington over the Brexit crisis.
The two have agreed on a “Atlantic Charter” meeting in Cornwall, southwestern England, Thursday in their face-to-face talks since Biden took office in January.
The agreement will be followed by the 1941 history of former Prime Minister Winston Churchill and then President Franklin D Roosevelt who outlined Washington and London’s vision for a new world after World War II.
Johnson and Biden will form a team to review the UK-US tour, which has been affected by the coronavirus epidemic, and discuss how to provide vaccines to the world’s poorest countries.
But the talks could be cut short when Biden, as expected, warned Johnson – one of the leaders of the 2016 Brexit campaign – on the controversy in Northern Ireland over the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union.
The U.S. leader is concerned that tensions between Johnson and the bloc over the Brexit treaty known as the Northern Ireland protocol could jeopardize the 1998 U.S. peace deal – Friday’s five-year bloc in the region.
“President Biden reiterated his strong faith in the Treaty on Friday as the basis for peaceful co-existence in Northern Ireland,” White House security adviser Jake Sullivan told reporters at the party.
“Anything that would damage or disrupt it would not be acceptable to the United States.”
Biden wants to ‘build solidarity’
Biden’s visit to the UK is his first overseas trip since becoming President.
After meeting Johnson, he will attend the G7 summit in Cornwall from Friday to Sunday, where the Prime Minister of the UK and leaders of France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Canada.
Biden will attend a NATO summit on Monday, a US-EU summit on Tuesday and a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva the next day.
He will try to use the trip to burn his credentials after a coup d’état under the leadership of Donald Trump, which has left many US institutions in Europe and Asia confused and some abandoned.
James Bays of Al Jazeera, a spokesman from Cornwall, said Biden’s idea was to “bind his fellow citizens” after years of Trump’s tenure.
“Let’s see this with the G7 allies first, then with the NATO alliance that was hurt after Trump … and then with the EU,” Bays said.
Biden wants to “find all the allies on the same page with various problems around the world” including the efforts of the COVID-19 epidemic, climate change and how to deal with rival countries such as China and Russia, he said.
Since its inception the G7 two years ago, COVID-19 has killed more than 3.7 million people worldwide as well as a small economy that has been affected by heavy gunfire and mass unemployment.
As opposition grows in a WHO study in January and February to coronavirus sources, the U.S. president has again urged G7 leaders to call for a second WHO study, Bloomberg said Thursday, citing the report.
Hours after the report, EU leaders also called for a new, trouble-free study of the introduction of COVID-19, which was first introduced in China in late 2019.
“Investigators need to find all the necessary information to determine the cause of the epidemic,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen told reporters in Brussels.
The head of the European Council, Charles Michel, agreed with der der Leyen.
“The state has the right to know exactly what happened so that they can learn education,” he said.
But EU officials have said EU support in the new investigation is symbolic, because the bloc cannot be directly affected.
Last month, U.S. missions to the United Nations in Geneva said the WHO’s initial report was “incomplete and incomplete”, calling for a second study, including China.
Biden in May said US law enforcement agencies were pursuing competitive ideas that could include a laboratory risk in China.
The WHO report stated that the virus may have been transmitted from bats to humans through other animals, and that “initiating laboratory experiments was seen as a more complex process”.