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‘We both married way above our station’ – Biden, Johnson meet ahead of G7 summit

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson met with U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday (June 10) in the English seaside resort of Carbis Bay, ahead of the G7 summit.

Biden said he was “thrilled to meet your wife”, referring to Johnson’s wife Carrie, adding they had “something in common” by both marrying above their stature.

Johnson married Carrie at Westminster Cathedral last month in a low-key ceremony due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The UK is Biden’s first trip abroad since taking his office. After three days of G7 summitry, Biden and his wife, Jill, will visit Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle. The 78-year-old Biden met the queen back in 1982 when he was a U.S. senator from Delaware.

Biden’s meeting with Johnson is a chance to renew the U.S.-British “special relationship” after Britain’s Brexit break from the European Union. The two countries will issue an updated joint statement of principles between the two countries in honor of the original Atlantic Charter from 1941.

But the two have deep policy issues to discuss, with Biden set to reinforce stalwart U.S. support for the 1998 Good Friday peace agreement that ended decades of bloodshed in Northern Ireland, according to White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan.

The summit begins on Friday (June 11).

(Production: Lucy Marks, Marissa Davison)

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