British Prime Minister Liz Truss and US President Joe Biden ‘agreed on the importance of protecting’ peace in Northern Ireland, in a phone call on Tuesday hours after Truss became Britain’s new leader. Brittany.
Truss, who replaces Boris Johnson, told Biden she also looked forward to ‘working closely’ with Washington ‘as leaders of free democracies to address common challenges,’ a Downing Street spokeswoman said. .
They include “the extreme economic problems unleashed by (Russian President) Putin’s war,” she added in a reading of their appeal.
It comes amid reported concerns in the US over Truss, after his one-year tenure as foreign secretary saw post-Brexit tensions in Northern Ireland surface and strain UK ties with Brussels, Dublin and Washington.
In that previous role, Truss spearheaded legislation in the UK Parliament that would unilaterally overturn parts of a UK-EU trade pact for Northern Ireland, to which the bloc and the Irish government are vehemently opposed.
Biden, who has Irish roots, has been critical of Britain’s Brexit policy under Johnson and has been seen as sharing a lukewarm relationship with the former British leader.
Biden had warned ahead of his 2020 election that if Brexit undermined the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, he would not consent to a UK-US trade deal. This agreement ended 30 years of violence in Northern Ireland.
A trade deal between London and Washington is currently seen as a distant prospect.
However, defense ties between the two transatlantic allies have grown stronger in recent years, with a new partnership involving Australia – dubbed AUKUS – struck last year.
During their phone call on Tuesday, Truss and Biden “agreed to strengthen those ties, including strengthening our deep defense alliance through NATO and AUKUS.”
“Leaders have reinforced their commitment to strengthening global freedom, tackling the risks posed by autocracies and defeating Putin in Ukraine,” the Downing Street spokeswoman added.
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