While Boris Johnson and Joe Biden meet for the G7 summit, wives Carrie and Jill frolic on the beach

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Boris Johnson greeted Joe Biden as ‘a breath of fresh air’ last night when the two men met in Cornwall.

The Prime Minister, the new US president and their families were connected with an extraordinary warmth during their very first meeting.

Despite fears of a diplomatic spat over Northern Ireland, all political concerns seemed to melt in the Cornish sea breeze as the two men traded in remarkable fashion at the seaside town where today’s G7 summit will be held.

Baby Wilfred even played his part, helping Mr Johnson’s new wife, Carrie, 33, form a seemingly instant bond with US First Lady Jill Biden, 70.

The Prime Minister, the new President of the US and their families showed extraordinary warmth during their very first meeting

The Prime Minister, the new President of the US and their families showed extraordinary warmth during their very first meeting

The two couples met amid tensions over Northern Ireland

The two couples met amid tensions over Northern Ireland

The two couples met amid tensions over Northern Ireland

The two women had their plans for a trip up the historic St. Michael’s Mount disrupted by a sea mizzle. But instead, they gathered the prime minister’s one-year-old son and went paddling on the beach at Carbis Bay, where the gathering of the world’s most powerful democracies is held.

Ms Johnson, who wore a striking £260 red dress by LK Bennett, later said on Instagram: ‘Great to spend some time with First Lady in Carbis Bay. We even dipped our toes in the water. Beautiful but freezing cold.’ Ms Biden underlined the feel-good atmosphere of the meeting by wearing a jacket embroidered with the word ‘Love’.

The First Lady told reporters, “We bring love from America. I think this is a global conference and we’re trying to bring unity around the world and I think that’s important right now that you have a sense of unity.”

And after the two families first met, President Biden, 78, immediately broke all the tension by joking to Mr. Johnson, “We’re both married way beyond our means.” The prime minister, 56 – who tied the knot with Carrie less than a fortnight ago – replied: “I’m not going to agree on that. I’m not going to disagree with you there or about anything else.’

Despite fears of a diplomatic row over Northern Ireland, all political concerns seemed to melt away in the Cornish sea breeze as the two men clashed in remarkable style at the seaside town where today's G7 summit will be held

Despite fears of a diplomatic row over Northern Ireland, all political concerns seemed to melt away in the Cornish sea breeze as the two men clashed in remarkable style at the seaside town where today's G7 summit will be held

Despite fears of a diplomatic row over Northern Ireland, all political concerns seemed to melt away in the Cornish sea breeze as the two men clashed in remarkable style at the seaside town where today’s G7 summit will be held

In addition to the first face-to-face talks between the Prime Minister and the US President, the G7 summit over the next three days will bring together the leaders of the world’s most powerful democracies to discuss Covid, climate change and the need for protection. democracy in an increasingly dangerous world.

Germany’s Angela Merkel, France’s Emmanuel Macron and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga are among the world leaders who will fly to Newquay Airport for today’s summit, which will be held amid tight security and extensive Covid precautions.

As a sign of the importance of the event, the Queen will host a reception tonight for leaders and their husbands at Cornwall’s Eden Project. Charles, Camilla and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will also be in attendance.

The lead up to the first meeting of the two leaders could hardly have been less favorable. During his presidential bid, Mr. Biden described Mr. Johnson as a “physical and emotional clone” of Donald Trump.

First lady Jill Biden was on message wearing a jacket with the word 'Love' on the back

First lady Jill Biden was on message wearing a jacket with the word 'Love' on the back

First lady Jill Biden was on message wearing a jacket with the word ‘Love’ on the back

Baby Wilfred even played his part, helping Mr Johnson's new wife, Carrie, 33, form a seemingly instant bond with US First Lady Jill Biden, 70.

Baby Wilfred even played his part, helping Mr Johnson's new wife, Carrie, 33, form a seemingly instant bond with US First Lady Jill Biden, 70.

Baby Wilfred even played his part, helping Mr Johnson’s new wife, Carrie, 33, form a seemingly instant bond with US First Lady Jill Biden, 70.

President Joe Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson held their first face-to-face meeting

President Joe Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson held their first face-to-face meeting

President Joe Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson held their first face-to-face meeting

Johnson, for his part, angered senior Democrats by suggesting that Barack Obama might have removed a bust of Winston Churchill from the Oval Office because of his “part-Kenyan” ancestry.

Tensions mounted on the eve of the meeting after reports emerged that Mr Biden had ordered officials to reprimand the UK for ‘flaring up’ relations with the EU over the implementation of the Brexit deal in Northern Ireland.

Yesterday, both men moved to bury the hatchet, while Johnson was apparently bent on dethroning himself. After talks surpassed their one-hour time limit by 20 minutes, the prime minister played up Mr Biden’s enthusiasm for NATO and efforts to tackle climate change — two agendas not shared by Mr Trump. “It’s great to listen to the Biden administration and Joe Biden because there’s so much they want to do with us – on security, NATO, climate change,” he said. “It’s fantastic, it’s a breath of fresh air.”

From left to right: Jill Biden, the President, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie walk along Carbis Bay

From left to right: Jill Biden, the President, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie walk along Carbis Bay

From left to right: Jill Biden, the President, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie walk along Carbis Bay

US officials said the president had not come to the UK to give a “lecture” on Northern Ireland. Mr Johnson said there was “absolute agreement” on the need to resolve the situation in the province – and No. 10 even claimed the two leaders “fully agreed” on the issue during their private talks.

The two men signed an updated version of the Atlantic Charter originally agreed upon by Churchill and Roosevelt in 1941. The new agreement commits the UK and the US to help the West build a united front to meet the challenges being faced. posed by China, Russia, climate change and terrorism.

Biden described his meeting with the prime minister as “very productive” and said the two men had “discussed a wide range of issues on which the UK and US are working in close relationship”.

He added: ‘We affirmed the special relationship – it is not said lightly – the special relationship between our people.

“We have renewed our pledge to defend the enduring democratic values ​​shared by both our nations and which form the strong foundation of our partnership.”

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