PM 'could meet Joe Biden at White House' during trip for UN summit09/13/2021
Boris Johnson ‘could meet Joe Biden at White House’ during trip to the US for United Nations gathering this month
- Boris Johnson expected to attend UN general assembly in New York this month
- Speculation the PM will meet US president Joe Biden for bilateral discussions
- Meeting could happen at White House amid tensions over Afghanistan chaos
Boris Johnson could meet Joe Biden at the White House when he goes to America for the UN general assembly, it emerged today.
The PM is due to travel to New York later this month for the annual gathering of world leaders.
And there is speculation he will take the opportunity to hold a bilateral meeting with the US president.
The talks could potentially take place at the White House in Washington DC, although No10 insisted that details of the itinerary have not been finalised.
Face-to-face discussions could help clear the air between the two leaders after the chaotic Afghanistan withdrawal.
Boris Johnson could meet Joe Biden at the White House when he goes to America for the UN general assembly (pictured together at the G7 in Cornwall this summer)
The talks could potentially take place at the White House in Washington DC, although No10 insisted that details of the itinerary have not been finalised
Mr Biden was blamed by many Tories for the decision to leave so quickly, with the subsequent collapse of the Afghan government then forcing an emergency airlift of Western citizens and local allies from Kabul.
The UK appealed for Mr Biden to push back his August 31 deadline for all US troops to depart, but was rebutted on security grounds.
There have also been claims that Mr Johnson was kept waiting for 36 hours when he requested a call with the president – although he was the first foreign leader spoken to.
Mr Johnson is also likely to push Mr Biden on how much America will contribute to an international climate change fund, being put together to coincide with the COP26 summit in Glasgow later this autumn.
A diplomatic source told The Times that having ‘whinged in public’ about Afghanistan Mr Johnson needed to build bridges.
‘The reality is that the UK went along with the Taliban negotiations under Trump that led to the withdrawal date being set,’ the source said.
‘Whether we like it or not America is still the leader of the free world and if we want to have influence on issues like Russia, China and climate change we can’t do it on our own.’
The PM is due to travel to New York later this month for the annual gathering of world leaders at the UN
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