US and UK launch mutual charm offensive to repair Special Relationship

Dominic Raab today lavished praise on President Joe Biden while US Secretary of State Antony Blinken insisted Washington has ‘no closer partner’ than the UK as they launched a mutual charm offensive to repair the Special Relationship. 

Mr Raab and Mr Blinken held a press conference this evening in which the Foreign Secretary spoke of his ‘huge pleasure’ at welcoming his US counterpart to the UK. 

The Foreign Secretary was full of warm words for the Biden White House as he said it had already taken ‘a huge number of bold and very welcome steps’ on the world stage. 

Meanwhile, Mr Blinken said the Special Relationship is ‘enduring’, ‘effective’ and ‘dynamic’ as well as being ‘close to the hearts of the American people’. 

The mutual praise will be viewed as a clear attempt by both sides to repair any damage done to the links between Washington and London during Donald Trump’s time in the White House. 

Dominic Raab today lavished praise on President Joe Biden while US Secretary of State Antony Blinken insisted Washington has 'no closer partner' than the UK as they launched a mutual charm offensive to repair the Special Relationship

Dominic Raab today lavished praise on President Joe Biden while US Secretary of State Antony Blinken insisted Washington has 'no closer partner' than the UK as they launched a mutual charm offensive to repair the Special Relationship

Dominic Raab today lavished praise on President Joe Biden while US Secretary of State Antony Blinken insisted Washington has ‘no closer partner’ than the UK as they launched a mutual charm offensive to repair the Special Relationship

The Foreign Secretary was full of warm words for the Biden White House as he said it had already taken 'a huge number of bold and very welcome steps' on the world stage

The Foreign Secretary was full of warm words for the Biden White House as he said it had already taken 'a huge number of bold and very welcome steps' on the world stage

The Foreign Secretary was full of warm words for the Biden White House as he said it had already taken ‘a huge number of bold and very welcome steps’ on the world stage

The Special Relationship was strained during Mr Trump’s presidency due to disagreements on a variety of issues like Nato military spending and climate change.    

Mr Raab and Mr Blinken signalled a reset in relations as they spoke at a press conference this evening. 

Mr Raab said: ‘It is a huge pleasure to welcome Secretary of State Blinken to the UK. Tony, it is great to have you here with us, a warm welcome.

‘I think it is fair to say the Biden administration is barely 100 days old but has already taken a huge number of bold and very welcome steps on issues like climate change, global health and human rights, and that has really created momentum in efforts to tackle these pressing global issues.

‘Since Tony’s confirmation, we have been working very closely together and today’s meeting has been another reminder of the depth and breadth of the work that we do together.’

He added: ‘Tony, again, thanks for being here, thanks for our valuable discussions today and I look forward and we look forward, to welcoming President Biden to the UK in June.’

Mr Biden’s first overseas visit as US President will be to the G7 summit in Cornwall next month. 

Mr Blinken said Mr Biden is ‘very much looking forward to being here for the G7’. 

The US Secretary of State also said he is ‘looking forward to the opportunity to meet with Prime Minister Johnson tomorrow’. 

Mr Blinken said the Special Relationship is 'enduring', 'effective' and 'dynamic' as well as being 'close to the hearts of the American people’

Mr Blinken said the Special Relationship is 'enduring', 'effective' and 'dynamic' as well as being 'close to the hearts of the American people’

Mr Blinken said the Special Relationship is ‘enduring’, ‘effective’ and ‘dynamic’ as well as being ‘close to the hearts of the American people’

Mr Raab and Mr Blinken held a press conference this evening in which the Foreign Secretary spoke of his 'huge pleasure' at welcoming his US counterpart to the UK

Mr Raab and Mr Blinken held a press conference this evening in which the Foreign Secretary spoke of his 'huge pleasure' at welcoming his US counterpart to the UK

Mr Raab and Mr Blinken held a press conference this evening in which the Foreign Secretary spoke of his ‘huge pleasure’ at welcoming his US counterpart to the UK

On the Special Relationship, he said: ‘It is also the 75th anniversary of Winston Churchill’s famous speech at Westminster College in Missouri where he described the Special Relationship between the United Kingdom and the United States and how vital it is for our two countries and many others around the world.

‘Three quarters of a century later, that Special Relationship is enduring, it is effective, it is dynamic and it is close to the hearts of the American people.’

He added: ‘The United States has no closer ally, no closer partner, than the United Kingdom and I am very glad for the chance to say that again here today.’

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