Boris Johnson calls for Biden’s support in climate crisis battle
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The meeting comes as part of the United Nations General Assembly which is taking place in New York where Joe Biden is expected to make his keynote speech today. Politico’s Emilio Casalicchio, reports that Boris Johnson is hoping the President will roughly double the US’s commitment on climate finance after Mr Johnson launched an attack on world leaders saying “nowhere near enough” is being done to tackle the crisis.
Whilst in New York the Prime Minister also met with Amazon founder Jeff Bezos who pledged to give away $1 billion in grants to focus efforts around conservation.
The two also agreed to work together in the lead-up to the COP26 conference in Glasgow in November to see “what more could be done in the run up”, Downing Street confirmed.
The Prime Minister will also hold a meeting in New York today with US investors before meeting Vice President Kamala Harris.
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Debate due to start shortly
The United Nations General Assembly debate is due to start soon.
President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro will address the debate first followed by President Joe Biden.
You can watch it in six different languages via UN Web TV.
Biden confirms agenda to tackle climate change
President Biden also confirmed his agenda will create millions of jobs by “dealing with the existential threat of climate change.”
He added: “There is simply no more time to waste. You see it every day.”
Yesterday Boris Johnson warned world leaders were doing “nowhere near enough” to deal with climate change.
Biden outlines ‘Build Back Better agenda’ in social media video
Ahead of his speech at the UN General Assembly President Biden has shared a video on social media about America’s Covid recovery.
In the video, Mr Biden said, “in today’s America, the rich are getting richer, and working people are paying the price.”
He continued to say that it’s “enough” and the “wealthy should pay their fair share” and outlined how the administration will do so in the US’s ‘Build Back Better agenda’.
Kuenssberg warns trade deal won’t happen ‘anytime soon’
The BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg has warned that the UK is not likely to strike a trade deal with the US “anytime soon”.
She told Radio 4’s Today programme this administration has “a very different attitude to the previous Trump one” in terms of a trade deal.
READ MORE: BBC’s Kuenssberg warns UK US trade deal isn’t happening ‘anytime soon’ | Politics | News | Express.co.uk
‘Sweet reasoning’ behind UK vaccine take up
In his interview with NBC in New York Boris Johnson said “sweet reasoning” and “persuasion” were behind the high take-up of the coronavirus vaccination in the UK.
President Joe Biden has ordered that all US companies employing more than 100 people must require their staff to be fully vaccinated or have weekly Covid tests in a bit to increase vaccines.
Mr Johnson said: “Different strokes for different folks, okay? It’s up to different countries to decide how they want to approach this. This is a very controversial area, people feel very strongly about not having the state mandate something.
“In my country, we’re great lovers of liberty, we’ve had to do it by sweet reasoning and persuasion, and that’s working.”
Afghanistan withdrawal could have been handles differently, admits PM
Boris Johnson has admitted the withdrawel of western forces from Afghanistan could have been done differently.
During and interview with NBC in New York the Prime Minister was asked about the withdrawal and said: “Could we have done it a bit different? Maybe we could.”
But he said it was understandable that the US has chosen to end their 20-year presence.
‘Future generations utterly depend’ on world leaders to act
In a video posted on social media, Boris Johnson has stressed his message that richer countries must act on climate change saying “we must get it right”.
The PM reminded viewers that “we haven’t got much time left” until COP26 which takes place at the start of November in Glasgow.
Mr Johnson said: “History will judge us, and we can’t let them down.”
Not the first time Boris and Biden have met
Although this will be the first time Boris Johnson and Joe Biden meet in The White House, the two leaders have met before.
The pair met for the first time in June this year at the G7 summit in Cornwall, the President’s first overseas trip since taking office.
During their first meeting, President Biden confessed “I’m very pleased to be here.”
What will Biden say in his speech?
President Biden will attempt to defend his decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan in his speech at the UN later, arguing it was needed to pivot US policy to focus on global challenge from China and climate change.
In his speech to the U.N. General Assembly, Biden will “lay out the case for why the next decade will determine our future, not just for the United States but for the global community, and he will talk…about the importance of re-establishing our alliances after the last several years,” White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters.
Biden’s team set out lines for striking a trade deal
Joe Biden’s US administration has outlined the red lines for striking a trade deal with the UK.
Newly appointed International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan held talks with her US counterpart Katherine Tai yesterday to discuss the agreement.
Ms Tai stressed the importance of protecting the Good Friday Agreement after President Biden took a keen interest due to his Irish ancestry.
READ MORE: Biden explains his red lines for ‘striking’ US UK trade deal | Politics | News | Express.co.uk
Morrison won’t meet with French President this week
Australian PM Scott Morrison said he will not speak with the French president in New York this week even though French anger over cancellation of a $40 billion defence contract could threaten an Australian-EU trade deal.
As the AUKUS deal was announced Australia confirmed it was scrapping a deal with France’s Naval Group to build a fleet of conventional submarines.
France accused both Australia and the United States of stabbing it in the back, and it recalled its ambassadors from both Canberra and Washington.
Joe Biden has sought to speak to Emmanual Macron to ease the tension but Morrison said “there is not an opportunity at this time.”
Boris Johnson to have dinner with Australian PM
After his meeting with Joe Biden, Boris Johnson is said to be “dashing” off to the Australian Embassy in Washington to have dinner with Australian PM Scott Morrison.
Last week all three leaders announced the historic trilateral AUKUS project which will fund nuclear-powered submarines in the Indo-Pacific.
Boris Johnson said the partnership will join the three nations “even more closely together.”
Biden to address world leaders
President Biden will speak at the UN General Assembly later today.
There he is expected to announce his long-term plans for tackling climate change and defend the withdrawal from Afghanistan after 20 years.
Mr Biden could also mention Covid recovery and vaccinations after the US confirmed it would reopen to travellers in November.
Will I be allowed in the US with an AstraZeneca jab?
Chief medical advisor Dr Anthony Fauci confirmed today that British travellers who have been vaccinated with the AstraZeneca jab will be allowed into the US.
The US announced yesterday that the travel ban will be lifted from November, although an exact date is yet to be confirmed.
Mr Fauci told was asked if he expects that anyone who has had a vaccine approved by the UK Government will be able to travel to the US.
Dr Fauci told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I can’t account for every vaccine that has been approved by the UK.
“I am not sure about all of them but the specific one about AZ, given that we have a substantial amount of information on the AZ vaccine – again without being definitive about it – I would predict that there would not be a problem there.
“The final decision goes with the CDC.”
Trade deal between two nations ‘unlikely’
Boris Johnson has admitted that a fast trade deal between the UK and the US is “unlikely”.
The Prime Minister said he would rather get “a deal that really works for the UK than get a quick deal” and added that he has “a lot of fish to fry”.
Liz Truss raises Harry Dunn case with US Secretary of State
Liz Truss has raised the case of teenage motorcyclist Harry Dunn with the US secretary of state Antony Blinken whilst in New York.
The 19-year-old’s mother, Charlotte Charles, told the PA news agency she was “grateful” to Liz Truss.
Mr Dunn was killed when a car crashed into his motorbike outside RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire in August 2019 but suspect Anne Sacoolas, 44, had diplomatic immunity asserted on her behalf by the US government and was able to leave the UK 19 days after the crash.
Speaking ahead of the meeting Liz Truss said: “Words are all well and good but it is high time that justice is now delivered. They will never be able to move on but it is more important now than ever for their mental health that they begin to move forward.”
Rich nations have ‘duty to help developing countries’, says PM
Speaking to world leaders Boris Johnson told them he is growing “increasingly frustrated” at their efforts to tackle climate change.
Co-hosting a meeting yesterday Mr Johnson said he wants to get countries to commit to giving $100bn a year to help support developing countries cut their carbon emissions.
But on the flight to the US, he admitted to reporters that there was only a “six out of ten chance” that this would happen before the COP26 summit in Glasgow in November.
PM meets with world leaders
Downing Street said that Boris Johnson had discussed the situation in Afghanistan with both Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Amir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani.
A spokesperson said the leaders “thanked one another” for their support in the evacuations and outlined their priorities.
On the meeting with Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, they added: “The Prime Minister and Amir agreed on the importance of the international community working together to uphold stability and prevent a humanitarian crisis in the region.
“The Prime Minister underscored that any recognition of the Taliban should be conditional on them respecting human rights and allowing safe passage to those who want to leave the country.”
Biden pleding more would be ‘huge poltical coup’
Politico reports that Boris’s camp would see Biden pledging double to climate finance as a “huge political coup”.
Yesterday the Prime Minister called for richer countries to pledge more to support poorer nations to tackle climate change and reduce emissions.
Climate Change Minister Alok Sharma said: “A good announcement from the U.S. will make a difference in terms of getting us over the line.”
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