President Biden Will Visit The UK In June For His First Foreign Trip
US President Joe Biden will make the UK his first foreign visit when he attends the G7 Summit in Cornwall next month.
Biden will travel to the south coast for a three-day summit on June 11-13 before traveling to Brussels to attend a NATO summit and then a US-EU summit, his press secretary Jen Psaki said on Friday.
Psaki confirmed Biden would hold bilateral meetings with world leaders including Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the G7 summit.
"The trip will highlight his commitment to multilateralism, work to advance key US priorities on public health, economic recovery, climate change, and demonstrate solidarity and shared values among major democracies," she said in a statement.
The trips to the UK and Belgium will be his first foreign visits since defeating Donald Trump to win the presidential election in November.
A government source said: "The PM looks forward to welcoming President Biden and other world leaders to the G7 in June".
Johnson in November said he had an "excellent" first conversation with Biden after he won the election and said it was "refreshing" to hear him defend global institutions, in an apparent swipe to former his predecessor Trump.
"One of the many merits of the excellent conversation I had yesterday with President-elect Joe Biden was that we both strongly agreed on the need, once again, for the United Kingdom and the United States to stand together," he told MPs.
"To stick up for our values around the world, to stick up for human rights, to stick up for global free trade, to stick up for NATO, Mr. Speaker, and to work together in the fight against climate change".