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World UK’s Johnson hails Biden despite tensions on N Ireland peace pact

00:41  11 june  2021
00:41  11 june  2021 Source:   aljazeera.com

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Joe Biden accused Boris Johnson of 'inflaming tensions ' in Northern Ireland over its EU sausage war. When he meets the Prime Minister on Thursday, he is tipped to set up a new 'Atlantic Charter'. But the US President has ordered his officials to issue a rare diplomatic rebuke to the British Government. Yael Lempert, charge d'affaires at US Embassy in London said UK ' s stance was imperilling the peace process. Rebuke came as crunch talks between Britain and Brussels over sausage imports failed to make breakthrough.

Biden is in the UK because Johnson is hosting the G7 summit in what was supposed to be Britain' s big return to the international arena. Instead, Thursday' s talks will most likely be overshadowed by heated discussions on the current and very real danger of violence erupting in Northern Ireland , as the real-world consequences of Brexit continue to undermine the peace deal brokered by the US in 1998. The Times of London newspaper reported Wednesday that America' s senior diplomat in Britain, on the orders of Biden , berated Johnson ' s chief Brexit negotiator, David Frost, for "inflaming" tensions on

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has hailed US President Joe Biden as “a big breath of fresh air” and played down differences about the effect of Brexit on the peace agreement in Northern Ireland, after they met on the eve of the G7 summit.

Joe Biden, Boris Johnson are posing for a picture: US President Joe Biden laughs while speaking with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson during their meeting, before the G7 summit [Kevin Lamarque/Reuters] © US President Joe Biden laughs while speaking with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson during their meeti... US President Joe Biden laughs while speaking with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson during their meeting, before the G7 summit [Kevin Lamarque/Reuters]

The pair were all smiles as they posed for the media before 90 minutes of closed-door discussions, overshadowed by claims Biden had ordered a rebuke to London amid its dispute with the European Union about new trading arrangements in Northern Ireland.

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Joe Biden ordered US officials to rebuke Boris Johnson for jeopardising the peace process in Northern Ireland due to its stand-off with the European Union, it emerged on Wednesday night. In a significant diplomatic intervention which now threatens to overshadow the G7 summit in Cornwall, America’s most senior diplomat in Britain told the Brexit minister Lord Frost that the UK ’ s stance on the Northern Ireland Protocol was On Wednesday night UK sources confirmed the details of the meeting, but insisted that the UK and US were united in their determination to maintain peace in Northern Ireland .

For his part, Johnson hailed Biden and his team as a “breath of fresh air” and described their conversation as “wonderful.” The body language was warm as they met on an overcast day on the English coast, with Biden first greeting Johnson ’ s new wife, Carrie, before turning to the premier. In recent days, the Biden administration has been vocal in public and privately with the British government, raising concerns that an escalating trade dispute between the U . K . and the EU could threaten peace in Northern Ireland . But Biden , who famously describes himself as Irish, did not

After the talks in Cornwall, England, Johnson said the United States, United Kingdom and EU were in “complete harmony” on finding solutions to uphold the 1998 peace deal that ended decades of sectarian conflict in the British province.

“There’s complete harmony on the need to keep going, find solutions, and make sure we uphold the Belfast Good Friday Agreement,” Johnson said.

After Brexit, a new arrangement was needed for the border between Northern Ireland, which is part of the UK, and Ireland, because the EU requires certain goods to be inspected and others not to be admitted at all.

Ahead of a June 30 deadline, continuing negotiations about goods – including sausages – have been contentious and have attracted the attention of the White House.

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Joe Biden accused Boris Johnson of 'inflaming tensions ' in Northern Ireland over its EU sausage war. When he meets the Prime Minister on Thursday, he is tipped to set up a new 'Atlantic Charter'. But the US President has ordered his officials to issue a rare diplomatic rebuke to the British Government. Yael Lempert, charge d'affaires at US Embassy in London said UK ' s stance was imperilling the peace process. Rebuke came as crunch talks between Britain and Brussels over sausage imports failed to make breakthrough.

US officials have said the US does not plan to be involved in the negotiations and that Biden would not lecture Johnson but would urge that a resolution be reached expeditiously.

“I think what’s interesting is Northern Ireland is a fantastic place and it’s got amazing potential. It is a great, great part of the UK,” said Johnson.

Asked if Biden had made his alarm about the situation in Northern Ireland very clear, Johnson said, “No, he didn’t.”

Johnson said Biden wanted to work with London on a huge range of issues ranging from climate change and COVID to security.

“It’s a big breath of fresh air,” Johnson said of the talks with Biden. “It’s new, it’s interesting and we’re working very hard together. We went on for about an hour and 20 or so. It was a long, long, good session. We covered a huge range of subjects.”

‘Special relationship’

Biden was similarly positive about the meeting with Johnson, and said the pair discussed a broad range of issues.

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Joe Biden used his first phone call with Boris Johnson as U. S . president-elect to warn the British leader not to compromise peace in Northern Ireland in his pursuit of Brexit. Biden spoke later to Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin, and again made a point of emphasizing his backing for peace in the region. The fact that Johnson was number two on the list of leaders Biden called, after Canada’ s Justin Trudeau, will be welcomed in London as a sign that the incoming White House team still regards Britain as a vital ally.

“We affirmed the special relationship between our people,” Biden said.

The American president said the alliance is addressing challenges that include cybersecurity, new technologies, global health and the climate crisis.

A statement from the White House released shortly after the meeting between the two leaders said “the UK and US reaffirm their commitment to working closely with all parties” to protect the [Good Friday] Agreement and “realise its vision for reconciliation, consent, equality, respect for rights, and parity of esteem”.

The US president staunchly opposed Brexit, the UK’s exit from the EU that Johnson championed, and has expressed great concern about the future of Northern Ireland.

Atlantic Charter, new task force

Biden said the two leaders also updated the 80-year-old Atlantic Charter, which led to the United Nations and NATO.

The new one looks to the challenge posed by countries like China and Russia with its promises to promote free trade, human rights and a rules-based international order, and to counter “those who seek to undermine our alliances and institutions.”

The new charter also took aim at “interference through disinformation” in elections and murky economic practices, charges that the West has levelled at Moscow and Beijing.

Biden and Johnson also agreed on a new joint task force to examine how to resume travel between the UK and the US, following successful coronavirus vaccination campaigns in both countries.

They also pledged to work on “expanding trade and progression towards a future UK-US free trade agreement”, according to Downing Street.

Biden has warned that any UK backpedalling on its post-Brexit commitments to the EU regarding Northern Ireland could imperil the US trade negotiation.

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