President Joe Biden will visit the UK in June when he attends the G7 summit, the White House announced today.
On his first overseas trip since his election in November last year, President Biden will travel to Cornwall for the 47th annual intergovernmental summit from 11-13 June, where he will meet Prime Minister Boris Johnson and other world leaders.
Last year’s 46th meeting, which includes key members from the US, UK, Canada, Germany, France, Italy and Japan, was canceled due to Covid-19.
In a statement, the White House said, “This trip will highlight its commitment to restoring our alliances, revitalizing transatlantic relations and working closely with our allies and multilateral partners to address global challenges and better protect interests. of America “.
He added: “President Biden will attend the G7 Summit in Cornwall, UK, to be held June 11-13, where he will strengthen our commitment to multilateralism, work to advance key US political priorities in public health, economic recovery and climate. change and demonstrate solidarity and shared values among major democracies. He will also hold bilateral meetings with other G7 leaders, including British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. “
The summit will be held in Carbis Bay in Cornwall, described by Johnson as “the perfect place”.
Leaders from Australia, South Korea, the EU and India will also participate as guests.
After the summit, the president will travel to Brussels, Belgium, where he will participate in the NATO summit on June 14 and “affirm the commitment of the United States to NATO, transatlantic security and collective defense”.
During that visit he will also participate in a US-EU summit.
“Leaders will discuss a common agenda to ensure global health security, stimulate global economic recovery, address climate change, enhance digital and trade cooperation, strengthen democracy and address mutual foreign policy concerns,” the statement added. .
The group first met, with six members, in 1975 to discuss solutions to global economic crises, before Canada joined a year later.
Each year the meeting is held in the country of a different member state, addressing issues such as climate change, global security, trade and health.
The UK will be the first foreign nation to be visited by President Biden as the leader of the United States.
Last month he spoke on the phone with Prime Minister Johnson and the White House said in a statement that “the two leaders have underlined their continued commitment to fighting COVID-19 and ensuring global health security.”
He added: “They discussed the importance of developing ambitious climate goals, noting the opportunities provided by the Summit of Climate Leaders and the UK G7 presidency. They agreed to work closely on shared foreign policy priorities, including China and Iran. The leaders also affirmed the importance of preserving political stability in Northern Ireland. “