Headlines latest | New UK PM’s meeting with Biden canceled

Headlines latest | New UK PM’s meeting with Biden canceled

Despite scheduling meetings with other heads of state, Liz Truss will not meet the US president this weekend.

Even as Liz Truss has Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and other international leaders on her schedule for talks this weekend before Queen Elizabeth’s burial on Monday, a meeting between the future UK Prime Minister and US President Joe Biden in London has been cancelled.

The queen passed away last week, just two days after telling Truss to form a government, and the throng of foreign leaders attending her funeral has given the new prime minister a chance to build goodwill with the heads of state who are in town.

But the PM’s office revealed on Saturday that the scheduled face-to-face meetings with Biden on Sunday had been cancelled.

No justification for the scheduling adjustment was given by Downing Street. When both leaders are in New York City for the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, Truss and Biden intend to have a “full bilateral meeting.” Mon is set as the day of the queen’s funeral.

Biden left the White House on Saturday afternoon for his flight to London, becoming one of the first foreign leaders to confirm his presence at the funeral. Unknown who cancelled the meetings, Biden was already on Air Force One when the cancellation was made public.

Truss has already finished her discussions with Anthony Albanese and Jacinda Ardern, the leaders of Australia and New Zealand, respectively. She spoke with UAE President Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, and she still had the Saudi Crown Prince on the phone till Saturday night. Her discussions with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Polish President Andrzej Duda, and Irish Prime Minister Micheál Martin were all going as scheduled.

On September 6, Biden congratulated Truss on her selection as prime minister. He expressed excitement about strengthening the “special relationship” between the US and the UK and collaborating on “global concerns,” such as “support for Ukraine as it defends itself against Russian aggression.”

The US-UK relationship is “unique, but not exclusive,” according to Truss. Despite the fact that she and Biden share a similar hawkish stance toward Russia, the White House has asserted that her support for legislation that would annul some of London’s post-Brexit trading agreements with Northern Ireland isn’t “conducive” to the conclusion of a long-awaited US-UK trade agreement.

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