Biden and UK’s Johnson to meet for talks this month: report

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Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson (L) and US President Joe Biden, wearing face coverings due to Covid-19, view documents relating to the Atlantic Charter prior to a bi-lateral meeting at Carbis Bay, Cornwall on June 10, 2021, ahead of the three-day G7 summit being held from 11-13 June. 

President Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson are expected to meet later this month for talks in an attempt to fix a weakened relationship between the two countries, the Times reported, citing sources from both sides.

Johnson will be traveling to the United States to attend the United Nations General Assembly, which is slated to start Sept. 21 in New York, according to the news outlet. The trip will last four days, during which bilateral talks are slated to be held with Biden.

A White House spokesperson told The Hill they did not have anything to announce at this time. 

The Hill has reached out to Johnson’s office for comment.

The last time the two leaders saw each other was back in June when Biden visited England for a gathering with leaders of the Group of Seven, including those from Japan, Italy, France, Germany and Canada. He also met with Queen Elizabeth II.

It would also be the first time that both leaders have seen each other in-person since the United States fully withdrew its troops from Afghanistan — an evacuation that drew concerns from politicians in both countries.

Biden talked with Johnson about the Afghanistan situation during a phone call on Aug. 17, the U.S. president’s first conversation about the withdrawal with a foreign leader. 

According to a readout of that call, they discussed “the need for continued close coordination among allies and democratic partners on Afghanistan policy going forward,” according to NBC News.

Updated at 1:08 p.m.

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