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Britain’s Johnson hails Biden as “a big breath of fresh air”

LONDON, June 10 (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday hailed US President Joe Biden as “a big breath of fresh air” as he wanted to work with London on a wide range of issues ranging from climate change and COVID to security. .

“It’s a big breath of fresh air,” Johnson said of the talks with Biden. “It’s new, it’s interesting, and we’re working really hard together. We lasted about an hour and twenty or so. It was a long, long, good session. We covered a wide range of topics.”

Johnson played down differences with Washington over the impact of Brexit on peace in Northern Ireland, saying the United States, United Kingdom and European Union were “in perfect harmony” to find solutions for enforce the 1998 peace accord.

“There is complete harmony on the need to continue, to find solutions and to ensure that we honor the Belfast Good Friday agreement,” Johnson said. “And I think what’s interesting is that Northern Ireland is a great place and has incredible potential. It’s a big, big part of the UK.”

When asked if Biden had made his concern very clear about the situation in Northern Ireland, Johnson replied, “No, he didn’t.”

“America, the United States, Washington, the United Kingdom and the European Union have one thing that we absolutely all want to do,” Johnson said. “And that is to uphold the Belfast Good Friday deal and to ensure that we keep the balance of the peace process. It is absolutely middle ground,” Johnson said.

“You know, I’m an optimist.” (Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge, Kate Holton and David Milliken)

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