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British Government Looks Forward to Working with Biden

Voice of America
21 Jan 2021, 04:05 GMT+10

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Labor Party opposition leader Keir Starmer expressed good wishes Wednesday to U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on his Inauguration Day.

Speaking in Parliament during his weekly question time with lawmakers, Johnson said he is looking forward to working with Biden and with his new administration "strengthening the partnership between our countries and working on our shared priorities."

Johnson mentioned climate change, pandemic recovery and "strengthening our transatlantic security" as shared priorities between the two nations.

Starmer also stood to welcome Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, calling their upcoming inauguration "a victory for hope over hate and a real moment for optimism in the U.S. and around the world."

In an editorial Wednesday in the British Daily Mail newspaper, former British Prime Minister Theresa May said Biden and Harris give Britain "partners for positive action to make the world a safer place."

May used the same editorial to sharply criticize Johnson, her successor as prime minister, saying his government had "abandoned global moral leadership."

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