President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Boris Johnson will pledge to open a US-UK travel corridor and open transatlantic travel restrictions “as soon as possible” when the two leaders met face-to-face for the first time on Thursday.
They will also draft a new ‘Atlantic Charter’, modeled on Winston Churchill and Franklin Delano Roosevelt in World War II.
International travel will be a key topic at this week’s G7 summit, where the coronavirus pandemic has essentially shut down traffic as summer break approaches. Johnson planned to pressure Biden about a “green channel” between their respective countries so that those who have been vaccinated can travel without observing a quarantine.
Before the coronavirus outbreak, more than 5 million British nationals visited the US and more than 4.5 million Americans visited the UK each year – more than any other country.
To restart transatlantic travel, the two leaders will launch a new travel task force that will make recommendations for safely reopening it.
“We have established two expert working groups: public health experts: one with the United Kingdom and one with the European Union,” National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan told reporters in a news conference on Air Force One.
“The aim of these working groups is to share data and establish both milestones and criteria for reopening travel between our two countries as soon as possible, in line with public health guidelines,” he said.
Thursday marks the first time Biden and Johnson will meet in person. They have spoken on the phone countless times since Biden was elected president.
In addition, Biden and Johnson will also agree to a new “Atlantic Charter,” modeled on the historic joint statement by Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1941, which set out the leadership goals for the world after World War II.
President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden disembark from Air Force One at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk, England, on their arrival in the UK on Wednesday
Prime Minister Boris Johnson hosts the G7 summit; he and Biden hold their first face-to-face meeting on Thursday
Joe Biden’s G7 schedule includes a meeting with the queen after the summit
During President Joe Biden’s first foreign trip as US leader, a meeting with the Queen will take place after the G7 summit. Here’s his full schedule through June 16:
Wednesday 9 June
Biden and his wife Jill leave Washington on Wednesday morning. Their first stop in the UK is at Royal Air Force Mildenhall to greet US Air Force personnel stationed there. Mildenhall is home to the 100th Air Refueling Wing, the United States Air Force’s only permanent air refueling wing in the European theater.
thursday 10 june
Biden will meet Prime Minister Boris Johnson at St Michael’s Mount, a 17th-century castle on an island just off the coast of Cornwall.
Jill Biden drinks tea separately with Prime Minister’s wife, Carrie Johnson.
The Bidens are staying at Tregenna Castle Hotel n St Ives with the rest of the G7 leaders.
Friday 11 June
Biden will attend the G7 summit for three days starting Friday to work on US policy priorities such as the economy and allied unity.
Saturday June 12
Biden will attend more G7 summits in Cornwall and have bilateral meetings with fellow G7 leaders.
Jill Biden will meet members of Bude Surf Veterans, which helps British military veterans surf.
Sunday 13 June
Biden will end his meetings at the G7 summit. Afterwards, the Bidens will meet Britain’s Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle. Then Biden travels to Brussels for the night.
Monday 14 June
Biden will meet with NATO leaders and have a private meeting with Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan.
Tuesday, Jyoudo 15
Biden will hold more NATO meetings and then fly to Geneva for the night.
Wednesday June 16
Biden will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday, their first face-to-face meeting since Biden became president. White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said Monday it is unclear whether the two leaders will hold a joint press conference after their talks.
The “special relationship” between the US and the UK emerged during the dark days of that war. Since then, leaders of the two nations have used it to describe the close alignment of American and British interests.
Biden praised the importance of the “special relationship” between the US and the UK in his remarks to Air Force personnel upon his arrival in the UK.
“These historical ties, the shared sacrifice, are deep and strong, based on values. They tolerate the connection and camaraderie between our troops, this community and American citizens stationed in the UK,” he said. “You are not only warriors. You are bridge builders. You are an essential part of this special relationship.’
The 1941 Atlantic Charter was conceived at sea aboard the Royal Navy battleship HMS Prince of Wales and the American ship USS Augusta.
The modern namesake of HMS Prince of Wales sails along the Cornish coast, setting the stage for the meeting of the two leaders, which will take place at St Michael’s Mount, a 17th-century castle on an island just off the coast of Cornwall.
The new Atlantic Charter will focus on threats to modern democracies, an agenda item the White House emphasized ahead of the trip as US concerns mount over Russia’s and China’s growing global influence.
The areas that the two leaders will pledge to work together include defending democracy, reaffirming the importance of collective security and building a fair and sustainable global trading system.
It will also recognize the threats of cyber attacks and climate change.
Biden called climate change a major threat to the world.
“When I went to the tank in the Pentagon when I was first elected Vice President along with President Obama, the military sat us down and let us know what the biggest threats to America were, the biggest physical threats,” he said. him against the Air Force. personnel stationed at the Royal Air Force Maidenhall on Wednesday evening.
‘This is not a joke. You know what the Joint Chiefs told us was the biggest physical threat to America? Global warming,” he said.
“There will be significant population movements, fighting over land, millions of people leaving places because they are literally sinking under the sea in Indonesia, because of the fighting over what is still arable land,” he added.
The US formally rejoined the Paris climate accord this year, after President Donald Trump removed the country from it.
After meeting Johnson, Biden will attend the G7 summit, where he will hold bilateral meetings with fellow G7 leaders. The G7 includes Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Union.
On Sunday, he and First Lady Jill Biden will travel to Windsor Castle to meet with the Queen.
Then Biden travels to Brussels, Belgium, to participate in a NATO meeting and an EU summit.
Biden and Johnson will announce a new Atlantic Charter modeled on the charter announced by Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill during World War II
There the president will discuss the transatlantic security and collective defense of Europe.
He will also meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Biden will also attend the US-EU summit in Brussels. That meeting with a focus on global health and the global economy. Leaders will talk about climate change, trade and democracy.
President Biden will also meet with His Majesty King Philippe of Belgium and the Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo.
Biden then travels to Geneva to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin on June 16. He will also meet with Swiss President Guy Parmelin and Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis.