Biden, Johnson seek to sign new Atlantic charter

Biden, Johnson seek to sign new Atlantic charter
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President Joe Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson visit during a bilateral meeting ahead of the G-7 summit in Carbis Bay, England. (AP)
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President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden are greeted by Boris Johnson and Carrie Johnson in Carbis Bay, England. (AP)
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Updated 10 June 2021

Biden, Johnson seek to sign new Atlantic charter

Biden, Johnson seek to sign new Atlantic charter
  • At their meeting, the two leaders plan to sign what they’re calling a new Atlantic Charter
  • The charter pledges to “defend the principles, values, and institutions of democracy and open societies”

CARBIS BAY, England: US President Joe Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson looked back on illustrious wartime predecessors as they met ahead of a Group of Seven summit in England.
At their first meeting in the seaside resort of Carbis Bay, the two leaders inspected documents Thursday related to the Atlantic Charter, a declaration signed by British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and US President Franklin D. Roosevelt in August 1941 setting out common goals for the world after World War II. Those goals included freer trade, disarmament and the right to self-determination of all people.
Johnson noted that the charter laid the foundation for the United Nations and NATO. “Yeah, I know,” Biden said.
At their meeting, the two leaders plan to sign what they’re calling a new Atlantic Charter, pledging to “defend the principles, values, and institutions of democracy and open societies.”
The original charter is often cited as a cornerstone of the trans-Atlantic “special relationship.”
Johnson’s predecessor, Theresa May, gave a copy of the charter to Donald Trump in 2019 as part of efforts to charm the volatile then-president. It had little success; Trump publicly disparaged May and derided international bodies such as the UN.