UK-US relations ‘strong’ says PM as he meets Biden

by | Jul 10, 2024 | Politics

UK Prime Minister Sir Keir Starmer says his first face-to-face talks with US President Joe Biden were an opportunity to “recommit” to Nato and the “special relationship” between the UK and US.Facing reporters in the White House, Sir Keir told the president: “The special relationship is so important. It’s forged in difficult circumstances, endured for so long, and stronger now than ever.”The new prime minister met President Biden for the first time at Nato’s 75th anniversary summit in Washington just hours before their private talks in the Oval Office.President Biden called the US and UK the “best of allies”, saying the UK was “the transatlantic knot” that ties Nato together with its European members.It comes as Sir Keir is looking to form a new security pact with EU nations to strengthen co-operation on defence.The two leaders’ meeting came as Nato agreed further support for Ukraine at the Washington summit.Sir Keir also confirmed that the UK’s £3bn a year military aid for Kyiv would continue.President Biden said “things are moving in the right direction, I’m feeling really optimistic”.The prime minister congratulated President Biden on hosting the summit, adding it was “a bigger Nato, a stronger Nato and a Nato with the resolve that we need”.The Labour leader – on his first overseas visit as prime minister – is a season ticket holder at Arsenal Football Club and gave President Biden a personalised team shirt as a present. It has President Biden’s surname on the back and the number 46 – a reference to him being the 46th US president.Sir Keir also gave him a copy of the Atlantic Charter – the …

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[mwai_chat context=”Let’s have a discussion about this article:nnUK Prime Minister Sir Keir Starmer says his first face-to-face talks with US President Joe Biden were an opportunity to “recommit” to Nato and the “special relationship” between the UK and US.Facing reporters in the White House, Sir Keir told the president: “The special relationship is so important. It’s forged in difficult circumstances, endured for so long, and stronger now than ever.”The new prime minister met President Biden for the first time at Nato’s 75th anniversary summit in Washington just hours before their private talks in the Oval Office.President Biden called the US and UK the “best of allies”, saying the UK was “the transatlantic knot” that ties Nato together with its European members.It comes as Sir Keir is looking to form a new security pact with EU nations to strengthen co-operation on defence.The two leaders’ meeting came as Nato agreed further support for Ukraine at the Washington summit.Sir Keir also confirmed that the UK’s £3bn a year military aid for Kyiv would continue.President Biden said “things are moving in the right direction, I’m feeling really optimistic”.The prime minister congratulated President Biden on hosting the summit, adding it was “a bigger Nato, a stronger Nato and a Nato with the resolve that we need”.The Labour leader – on his first overseas visit as prime minister – is a season ticket holder at Arsenal Football Club and gave President Biden a personalised team shirt as a present. It has President Biden’s surname on the back and the number 46 – a reference to him being the 46th US president.Sir Keir also gave him a copy of the Atlantic Charter – the …nnDiscussion:nn” ai_name=”RocketNews AI: ” start_sentence=”Can I tell you more about this article?” text_input_placeholder=”Type ‘Yes'”]
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