Boris Johnson said it was ‘great to speak’ to the new US leader
The Prime Minister revealed news of their contact on Twitter, uploading a picture of him on the phone in his Downing Street office.
He tweeted: ‘I look forward to deepening the longstanding alliance between our two countries as we drive a green and sustainable recovery from COVID-19.’
Mr Biden was officially sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday, following a turbulent end to Donald Trump’s four year term.
Downing Street said that Mr Johnson congratulated Mr Biden on his inauguration, and that the two leaders looked forward to ‘deepening the close alliance’ between their nations.
Boris Johnson on the phone to Joe Biden at Downing Street (Picture: Andrew Parsons / No10 Downing St)
He congratulated Mr Biden on his inauguration (Picture: Andrew Parsons / No10 Downing St)
A No 10 spokesman said that the Prime Minister warmly welcomed Mr Biden’s decision to rejoin the Paris Agreement on climate change and the World Health Organisation.
‘The Prime Minister praised President Biden’s early action on tackling climate change and commitment to reach net zero by 2050,’ the spokesman said.
‘Building on the UK and US’ long history of cooperation in security and defence, the leaders re-committed to the Nato alliance and our shared values in promoting human rights and protecting democracy.
‘They also discussed the benefits of a potential free trade deal between our two countries, and the Prime Minister reiterated his intention to resolve existing trade issues as soon as possible.
‘The leaders looked forward to meeting in person as soon as the circumstances allow, and to working together through the G7, G20 and Cop26 this year.’
Mr Johnson has previously described the election of President Biden as a ‘step forward’ for the United States, which he said had been through a ‘bumpy period’.
Congratulating Mr Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris, the PM said it was a ‘big moment’ for the UK and the US and their ‘joint common agenda’.
And he said he looked forward to working with the US on tackling climate change and the coronavirus pandemic.
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