02:54 GMT07 March 2021
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    Prior to calling the head of the British Conservative Party, Biden had held talks with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson shared his joy after speaking to the new US president, Joe Biden, on Twitter Saturday, expressing hope to deepen cooperation towards a "green, sustainable recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic".

    Johnson was among the first heads of state and government to be called by Biden after taking office, and the first European leader to speak to the new president over the phone.

    According to a readout of their call published by Downing Street, Johnson congratulated Biden on his inauguration and "the two leaders looked forward to deepening the close alliance between our nations." UK prime minister also "warmly welcomed" Biden's decision to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement, as well as the World Health Organization.

    "They also discussed the benefits of a potential free trade deal between our two countries, and the Prime Minister reiterated his intention to resolve existing trade issues as soon as possible", the statement read.

    The two leaders agreed on the need for the coordination of foreign policy priorities, including on China, Iran, and Russia, a White House readout showed. Ironically, it did not mention the trade deal that the UK's readout paid so much attention to.

    Biden took office as president of the US on January 20 in an unprecedentedly high-security ceremony, since, in order to preserve law and order at the high-profile gathering, as many as 25,000 National Guard troops and numerous control points were put in place. The authorities also moved to restrict public access to the inauguration due to the still-raging pandemic, namely to the National Mall, which this time saw 200,000 small US state and city flags installed instead of a live audience there.

    On Inauguration Day, Biden signed several executive orders including one on the US rejoining the Paris climate accord. The decision reverses former US President Donald Trump's move to abandon the treaty in 2017.


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