Biden and Sunak vow to support Ukraine and counter China in first call | Rishi Sunak


US President Joe Biden and Britain’s new Prime Minister Rishi Sunak agreed during talks on Tuesday to work together to support Ukraine and stand up to China, the White House said.

They first spoke a few hours after Sunak became Britain’s third prime minister this year, an economic crisis inherited after the resignation of Liz Truss, whose term in office lasted 49 days.

Only in recent days has Biden appeared to publicly criticize Truss’s doomed economic strategy, in a rare intervention by the US president. Relations between the two countries have also been somewhat tense in recent years due to ongoing tensions over post-Brexit settlements in Northern Ireland. The White House is concerned about the impact on peace in the region.

Biden and Sunak confirmed the “special relationship” between the US and Britain and said they would work together to promote global security and prosperity, the White House said in a summary of the conversation.

“Leaders agreed on the importance of working together to support Ukraine and hold Russia accountable for its aggression,” the statement said on the war caused by the Russian invasion.

Sunak has promised Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, that British support for Ukraine will be steadfast and “as strong as ever under his premiership,” a Downing Street spokesman said. “The Prime Minister said… President Zelenskiy could count on his government to continue to show solidarity. Both leaders agreed on the need to continue to put pressure on Putin’s barbaric regime through continued economic sanctions.”

For his part, Zelenskiy said he believed “British leadership in defending democracy and freedom” would only grow stronger. “Ukraine and Britain have recently reached new heights in relations, but nevertheless we still have potential to strengthen our cooperation,” he said in an evening video address, adding that he had invited Sunak to visit Ukraine.

The White House said Biden and Sunak also agreed to “address the challenges of China,” which Washington has identified as its greatest geopolitical and economic rival on the global stage.

Downing Street had previously released its own summary of the call, referring to efforts to “counter China’s evil influence”.

The statement read: “President Biden congratulated the Prime Minister on his appointment and the leaders looked forward to working closely together. President Biden said the UK remains America’s closest ally, and the prime minister agreed on the tremendous strength of the relationship.

“Leaders discussed the extent of UK-US cooperation, both bilaterally and in regions such as the Indo-Pacific, where the Aukus Pact is part of our efforts to increase stability and counter China’s evil influence. to go.

“They reflected on the leading role our countries play in supporting the people of Ukraine and making Putin fail in this war.

“The Prime Minister and President Biden also agreed on the need to ensure that the people of Northern Ireland have security and prosperity by preserving the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement.”

The two leaders are expected to meet in person at the G20 summit in Indonesia next month.

Britain has been a key European ally of the US in arming and supporting the Ukrainian military in repelling the Russian invasion, which began in February.

Earlier on Tuesday, Biden had congratulated Sunak in a tweet.

On Monday, Biden described the appointment of Britain’s first non-white prime minister as “pretty astonishing, a groundbreaking milestone”.

With Agence France-Presse, Press Association and Reuters

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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