The White House confirmed on Tuesday that the president Joe Biden will receive the British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak The next week.
The visit, which will be the official’s first to the United States, will take place on June 7 and 8 and it will be a “opportunity to continue talks” that both leaders have held in recent months in various forums, with the focus on the conflict in Ukrainethe climate and the economy.
At the beginning of May, Biden expressed his support for the international effort promoted by the United Kingdom and other allies, with which they seek to train – and eventually equip – Zelensky’s troops with the much-requested fighter jets.
Although no progress has yet been made on sending these f16 Fighter, Yes, progress has been made in the training of the troops and, even, the US President has a meeting with his Danish counterpart on the agenda, mette frederiksenwhose role in the project is key.
In turn, the meeting will take place almost a month before the next summit of the NATOscheduled for July 11 and 12, to be held in Vilnius and in which it will be evaluated how to continue with the aid to Kiev, in addition to establishing a new floor for defense spending of each member country.
The official spokesperson for the White House, Karine Jean-Pierre, reported that another of the issues to be addressed during Sunak’s visit to Washington will be the economy of both nations.
United States and England battle against the inflation which, both due to external factors and national contingencies, skyrocketed during 2022 and, finally, is beginning to subside.
The last measurements located the UK inflation at 8.7 percent -which represents a significant drop compared to the 10% that was maintained since last August- thanks to the change of season and the lower consumption of gas and electricity.
meanwhile, in USA the number is much lower4.9 percent– although, in any case, it has led to the Federal Reserve to repeatedly modify the interest rate.
In this context, Sunak has scheduled meetings with US business leaders and legislators, although it is ruled out that they are a kick to advance on a new trade agreement between the countries.
The Prime Minister’s spokesman, Max Blain, commented that “currently we are not looking for a free trade agreement” which, in the same way, would be very beneficial after his departure from the European Union.
Instead, it is expected that “to enhance the level of cooperation and coordination between the United Kingdom and the United States regarding the economic challenges that will define our future”added from Downing Street and specified that these challenges include “Secure our supply chains and move towards carbon neutral economies”.
It should be noted that London has already signed trade agreements with North Carolina, South Carolina and Indiana and has expressed its willingness to strengthen commercial ties with California, Texas, Oklahoma and Utah.
Finally, the officials will talk about the situation in North Ireland “as part of their shared commitment to preserve the achievements of the Belfast agreement”, something that they have already addressed during the trip that Biden made to the region during the 25th anniversary of the 1998 peace agreement.
(With information from AP, AFP and EFE)
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