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BIDEN TALKS TO BORIS JOHNSON IN FIRST CALL TO EUROPEAN LEADER

Joe Biden spoke with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, in the US president's first call to a European leader since his inauguration, Helen Corbett and Ansdrej Sokolow reported for Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa).

The two leaders spoke about the pandemic, climate change, security and trade. Johnson tweeted that it was "great" to speak to President Biden. "I look forward to deepening the longstanding alliance between our two countries as we drive a green and sustainable recovery from COVID-19," he wrote.


A Downing Street spokesperson said Johnson welcomed Biden's decision to re-join the Paris Agreement, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the COVAX program to ensure equitable access for vaccines.


They also discussed the benefits of a potential free trade deal and Johnson committed to resolving trade issues as soon as possible, the spokesperson said.


Johnson praised Biden’s early action on tackling climate change.


Building on their countries' history of security and defence cooperation, the leaders re-committed to the NATO alliance, promoting human rights and protecting democracy.


Biden's first call to a foreign leader after his inauguration was to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday. The two agreed to have a meeting next month "in order to advance the important work of renewing the deep and enduring friendship between Canada and the United States," Trudeau's office said.


Biden acknowledged Trudeau's disappointment at his decision to rescind the permit for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, the White House said.


In one of his first actions as president, Biden revoked the permit issued in March 2019 for the pipeline, which would have carried oil from Canada to the US, stating that its construction was not consistent with his administration's economic and climate goals.


Biden also spoke to Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the White House said on Saturday. The two leaders discussed migration among other topics and Biden described his plan to reverse the immigration policies of the previous administration.



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