G7 Summit: Biden and Johnson reiterated their bail, but tensions heat up | Boris Johnson News
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and U.S. President Joe Biden are expected to reaffirm their relations on the eve of the G7 summit, despite Washington’s warnings about rising Brexit tensions.
The two will meet on Thursday in Cornwall, southwest England, to agree on the “Atlantic Charter”, the first face-to-face meeting since Biden took office in January.
The agreement will be modeled on the historic joint statement issued in 1941 by then Prime Minister Winston Churchill and then President Franklin Roosevelt, which spelled out Washington and London’s vision for a new world order after World War II.
According to reports, Johnson and Biden will also set up a task force to study the resumption of travel between the United Kingdom and the United States interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic and discuss how to provide vaccines to poorer countries in the world.
But when Biden warned Johnson, one of the leaders of the Brexit movement in 2016, about the friction in Northern Ireland caused by Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union, as expected, the negotiations could become bleak.
U.S. leaders worry that Johnson’s fierce disagreement with the European Union over the so-called Northern Ireland agreement on the Brexit agreement may undermine the 1998 peace agreement brokered by the United States-the Good Friday Agreement-which ended 30 years of bloody conflict in the region .
White House National Security Adviser Jack Sullivan told reporters on Air Force One: “President Biden is very aware of his firm belief that the Good Friday Agreement is the basis for peaceful coexistence in Northern Ireland.”
“Any step that endangers it or destroys it will not be welcomed by the United States.”
Biden seeks to “constrain allies”
Biden’s trip to the United Kingdom was his first overseas trip since he assumed the presidency.
After meeting Johnson, he will attend the G7 summit in Cornwall from Friday to Sunday, when the British Prime Minister and the leaders of France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Canada will attend.
Biden will then attend the NATO summit on Monday, the US-EU summit on Tuesday, and the meeting with Russian President Putin in Geneva the next day.
After the turmoil during Donald Trump’s presidency has confused and alienated many American allies in Europe and Asia, he will try to use this visit to enhance his multilateral qualifications.
Al Jazeera’s James Beth reported from Cornwall that Biden’s idea was to “connect his allies closely” after Trump has been in power for many years.
Beth said: “We will first see the G7 partners, then the NATO alliance that will definitely be hit after Trump… and then the European Union.”
He added that Biden hopes to “allow all these allies to reach consensus on a range of different world issues,” including recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, and how to respond to competitors such as China and Russia.
Since the last meeting of the G7 two years ago, COVID-19 has caused more than 3.7 million deaths worldwide and destroyed economies that have been hit by strict lockdowns and massive layoffs.
Bloomberg quoted a leaked draft communiqué report on Thursday, saying that with the growing criticism of WHO’s January and February research on the origin of the coronavirus, the US President will also encourage the leaders of the Group of Seven countries to call for support. The WHO conducts a second survey.
A few hours after the report was released, EU leaders themselves called for new, unfettered research on the origin of COVID-19, which was first discovered in central China at the end of 2019.
European Commission President Ursula von der Lein told reporters in Brussels: “Investigators need to be fully exposed to anything necessary to truly find the source of this epidemic.”
Charles Michel, President of the European Council, responded to Von der Lein’s call.
“The world has the right to know what happened so that it can learn from it,” he said.
But EU diplomats said that the EU’s support for a new study is mainly symbolic because the EU will not directly participate.
Last month, the US mission to the United Nations in Geneva stated that the original WHO report was “incomplete and inconclusive” and requested a second investigation, including an investigation in China.
Biden said in May that US intelligence agencies are seeking competitive theories that may include the possibility of laboratory accidents in China.
The WHO report stated that the virus was probably transmitted from bats to humans through another animal, “it is considered extremely unlikely to be introduced through laboratory incidents.”