After their first meeting, Johnson describes Biden’s administration as a “breath of new air.”
Boris Johnson tried to downplay his disagreements with Joe Biden, calling him a “breath of fresh air” and asserting that there was “clearly common ground” on the issue of Northern Ireland.
Concerns raised by the US President about the UK government’s handling of the Protocol with the European Union, which covers post-Brexit arrangements on the island of Ireland, threatened to overshadow the two leaders’ first encounter.
Mr Johnson said after the meeting that he was “optimistic” that the peace process would continue.
When asked if Vice President Biden expressed concern about the situation in Northern Ireland, Boris Johnson replied, “No, he didn’t.”
“What I can say is that America – the United States, Washington – the United Kingdom, and the European Union – have one thing in common: we all want to support the Belfast Good Friday Agreement and keep the peace process on track.
“That is absolutely common ground, and I am confident that we will be able to achieve it.”
Mr. Biden’s first overseas trip has given the US President the chance to mend some of the international ties that his predecessor, Donald Trump, had shattered.
“It’s amazing to listen to the Biden administration and Joe Biden because there’s so much they want to achieve with us – on security, Nato, climate change,” Mr Johnson added.
“It’s wonderful; it’s like a breath of fresh air.”