Sat. Jun 12th, 2021

LONDON: British PM Boris Johnson and US President Joe Biden, who met for more than an hour in Cornwall on Thursday, signed a new Atlantic Charter building on the “commitments and aspirations” set out 80 years ago by their predecessors Winston Churchill and Franklin D Roosevelt. The initial charter led to the United Nations and Nato. The new one looks to defend “enduring values” and is aimed at the challenge posed by countries like China and Russia with its promises to promote free trade, human rights and a rules-based international order, and to counter “those who seek to undermine our alliances and institutions.”
“The PM and President concurred that the revitalised Atlantic Charter published today was a fitting testament to the sheer breadth and depth of the cooperation between our countries,” a Downing Street spokesperson said. “They resolved to take this cooperation further by expanding trade and progression towards a future UK-US Free Trade Agreement. They covered a number of foreign policy issues, including Afghanistan, China, Iran and Russia. They also agreed that the UK-US partnership was more important than ever as we tackle shared challenges like climate change and the coronavirus pandemic.”
After their first in-person discussion, Johnson said: “The talks were great… it’s a breath of fresh air.” Biden called the talks “productive”. PTI
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