He plays down concerns of Biden, who has Irish roots, over British bid to reverse ‘N. Ireland Protocol’
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson hailed the U.K.-U.S. relationship as “indestructible” after his first meeting with President Joe Biden ahead of the G7 leaders’ summit on Friday.
“It’s a relationship, you can call it the ‘deep and meaningful relationship’, whatever you want, the ‘indestructible relationship’,” Mr. Johnson said.
“It’s a relationship that has endured for a very long time, and has been an important part of peace and prosperity both in Europe and around the world.”
During their meeting on Thursday, the two leaders discussed “about 25 subjects in some detail”, including the Brexit-induced disruption in Northern Ireland, he said.
Mr. Johnson played down the displeasure of Mr. Biden, who is proud of his Irish origins, over London’s attempts to reverse the “Northern Ireland Protocol”, which seeks to avoid the return of a border with EU member Ireland but which has disrupted trade between Britain and Northern Ireland.
“Everybody has a massive interest in making sure that we keep the essential symmetry of the Good Friday Agreement,” which ended three decades of conflict in the British-ruled province.
In his meeting with Mr. Biden, Mr. Johnson said he also raised the case of British teenager Harry Dunn, who was killed in a road accident caused by the wife of an American diplomat. She fled the country, claiming diplomatic immunity.
Mr. Biden was “actively engaged in the case”, Mr. Johnson said.
“As you know, he has his own personal reasons for feeling very deeply about the issue,” he said, referring to Mr. Biden losing his first wife and one-year-old daughter in a car accident in 1972.
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