Biden meets Sunak, Charles III on visit to UK

London, Jul 10 (EFE).- The United States President Joe Biden met with the United Kingdom Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and King Charles III on Monday.

During his meeting with Sunak at Downing Street, the pair discussed the progress of Ukraine’s counteroffensive against Russian forces and the importance of supporting Kyiv.

A statement from No. 10 said the two leaders, who this week will be attending a Nato summit in Vilnius, said Biden and Sunak had “agreed on the need to strengthen our alliance and maintain our support for Ukraine.”

They also “emphasized the importance of the country’s international partners committing to its long-term defense, providing the support Ukraine needs to win this war and secure a just and lasting peace,” the statement said.

Biden announced last week that the US had taken the “very difficult decision” to supply Ukraine with cluster bombs, controversial weapons that are banned in over 100 countries.

Many of Washington’s allies, including the UK and Spain, as well as human rights organizations, have criticized the delivery of the munitions, which can be particularly deadly to civilians.

Sunak and Biden were also in agreement on the “need to ensure that Sweden has a swift path to full Nato accession.”

In remarks in front of the media, Biden said the bilateral relationship between the US and UK was “rock solid”, with Sunak adding that London and Washington remained the “firmest allies.”

After his meeting with Sunak at Downing Street in central London, Biden traveled to Windsor, just outside the capital, where he met with King Charles III.

The US president was given a ceremonial honor guard to welcome him to Windsor Castle.

There, Biden and King Charles III were due to meet with activists raising funds to help developing nations tackle the climate crisis, an issue that is important to both leaders.

Biden and Sunak will next travel the Lithuanian capital to attend a two-day Nato summit that begins Tuesday. EFE


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