Following his meeting with Biden, Johnson recorded a pool tape.

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Following his meeting with Biden, Johnson recorded a pool tape.

Following his meeting with President Biden at the G7 summit on Thursday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave a pooled interview to broadcasters.

Question: You’ve just returned from your first face-to-face meeting with Vice President Biden, and you certainly had high aspirations when talking about Churchill and Roosevelt. But how did the discussions go? And did you reach any concrete agreements?

Mr Johnson: “Yes, I – look, I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that the relationship between the UK and the US is – the relationship between North America and Europe – which is really encapsulated in that Atlantic Charter of 1941, which we’ve renewed today between me and President Biden – is of massive, massive strategic importance for the world’s prosperity, for the world’s security, for the world’s prosperity, for the world’s security, for the world So it’s critical that we affirm that, and the talks were fantastic; they lasted a long time, we covered a wide range of topics, and it’s fantastic to listen to the Biden administration and Joe Biden because there’s so much they want to do with us, from security to NATO to climate change, and it’s fantastic. It’s like taking a deep breath of fresh air. They want to do a lot of things together.”

Question: However, one of the things the US obviously wants you to do is resolve the Northern Ireland protocol issue. Did you get any encouragement from Vice President Joe Biden to get started on that? He’s made his displeasure with the situation abundantly plain.

“No, he didn’t,” Mr Johnson says. But I can tell you that the… America, the United States, Washington, the United Kingdom, and the European Union all want to protect the Good Friday Agreement, the Belfast Good Friday Agreement, and ensure that the peace process remains balanced, and that is completely common ground, and I am optimistic. (This is a brief piece.)

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