President Joe Biden to Visit UK for Meetings with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and King Charles Ahead of NATO Summit
|President Joe Biden to Visit UK for Meetings with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and King Charles(Image-Getty)
President Joe Biden is scheduled to make a short visit to Britain on Sunday, where he will engage in important meetings with British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and King Charles. The purpose of this visit, according to the White House, is to strengthen the already close relationship between the two nations.
On Monday, President Biden will travel to Downing Street for a low-key meeting with Prime Minister Sunak. This meeting marks their fifth encounter in as many months and comes just a month after they agreed on an "Atlantic Declaration" in Washington. Their discussions will revolve around topics such as advanced technologies, clean energy, critical minerals, and the upcoming NATO summit and Ukraine.
In a statement from Sunak's office, he emphasized the significance of alliances in the face of unprecedented challenges to physical and economic security. Sunak, who studied at Stanford University in California and owns a penthouse in Santa Monica, highlighted the UK's role as Europe's leading NATO ally and the United States' most important trade, defense, and diplomatic partner. He also emphasized their commitment to supporting Ukraine on the battlefield.
The meeting between Biden and Sunak marks an effort to repair relations that cooled under previous UK leaders Boris Johnson and Liz Truss due to their tough stance on a post-Brexit deal with the European Union and their close ties to former President Donald Trump.
A notable highlight of President Biden's visit is his meeting with King Charles at Windsor Castle, which hosted previous US presidents Barack Obama in 2016 and Trump in 2018 during visits by Queen Elizabeth. The discussions between Biden and King Charles will primarily focus on climate issues, a topic that the 74-year-old monarch has been campaigning and advocating for over the past five decades.
During their previous encounter at the COP26 U.N. climate summit in Scotland two years ago, Biden commended King Charles' leadership on climate-related matters, expressing the importance of his contribution. King Charles responded graciously to Biden's praise.
After the meetings in Britain, President Biden and Prime Minister Sunak will depart for Lithuania, where they will join other NATO leaders for a crucial summit. Following the NATO summit, Biden is expected to travel to Helsinki for a meeting with leaders from Nordic countries.