Washington, Sep 21 (Prensa Latina) The President of the United States, Joe Biden, today reaffirmed the United Kingdom as his country’s closest ally, during a meeting with the British Prime Minister, Liz Truss.
As reported by the White House, the president highlighted the bilateral collaboration on issues of global importance, such as the energy sector and support for Ukraine, despite complaints that this position fuels tensions with Russia after the military operation that began on March 24. february.
Similarly, he emphasized the commitment to protect the achievements of the so-called Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland, signed in 1998 to end almost three decades of violence between the unionist communities of the Protestant religion and the Catholic Republican.
Truss, for his part, stressed the desire to work more closely with the United States, especially in matters of energy and economic security and in the defense of freedom.
The parties also ratified condolences for the death of Queen Elizabeth II, on September 8, after seven decades on the throne.
Last week, Biden conveyed his willingness to continue a close relationship with the United Kingdom during a conversation with King Charles III, who was crowned after the monarch’s death.
Although Washington and London recognize a “special relationship” between them, the prime minister admitted the day before that the announced bilateral post-Brexit free trade agreement could take years to materialize, because negotiations have not even begun.
The treaty with this northern country was one of the promises made by then-Prime Minister Boris Johnson (2019-2022) when he took the United Kingdom out of the European Union (EU) in 2020, but after arriving at the White House Biden hinted that this pact is not a priority for his administration.
According to press reports, the US president is concerned that London’s threats to bypass the protocol that regulates post-Brexit trade between the UK and the EU in Northern Ireland could jeopardize the Good Friday Agreements.