U.S. PRESIDENT Joe Biden has arrived in the UK on Air Force One ahead of the G7 summit being held in Cornwall.
Here’s everything you need to know about Biden’s arrival.
When did Joe Biden arrive in the UK?
Biden arrived in the UK on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, as part of an eight-day overseas trip.
He addressed US Air Force personnel at the base.
What did Boris Johnson and Joe Biden discuss?
Johnson held his first face-to-face meeting with President Biden on June 10, 2021, ahead of the G7 summit.
The PM described their meeting as a “breath of fresh air” while Biden said it “reaffirmed the special relationship”.
The leaders committed to working together on a number of global challenge including Brexit trade problems and in Northern Ireland after Biden warned that the UK’s dispute with the UK over border controls must not put the peace controls at risk.
Johnson said he was “optimistic” the peace process would be kept going and that there is “absolutely common ground” on the issue between the two leaders.
They also established a taskforce to re-establish travel across the Atlantic, after the US banned most British people from entering at the start of the pandemic.
And they agreed a deal – labelled the “Atlantic Charter” – which commits the two countries to work together on global challenges.
Biden said the “Atlantic Charter” would address the “key challenges of this century – cyber security, emerging technologies, global health and climate change”.
Johnson said: “It’s incredibly important that we should affirm that [relationship] and the talks were great, they went on for a long time, we covered a huge range of subjects, and it’s wonderful to listen to the Biden administration and to Joe Biden.”
Where is Joe Biden staying?
The castle was built in 1774 and became a hotel in 1871 and is now a Grade-II listed building.
It sits in 72-acres and contains an 18-hole golf course.
It was eventually bought by the Bolitho family.
Colonel Edward Bolitho, the Lord Lieutenant for Cornwall, is a representative of the Queen in the Duchy.
What is Joe Biden’s itinerary while in the UK?
Biden held talks with Johnson on June 10, before the G7 summit begins on June 11.
The key summit is scheduled to last three days with Biden then meeting the Queen on June 13.
During his time in the UK, Biden is expected to lay out his plans for a global Covid vaccine strategy to tackle the virus.
Biden plans to donate 500million Pfizer Covid vaccine doses to about 100 countries over the next two years, reports indicate.
The US will distribute 200m shots this year, and 300m in the first half of next year.
The vaccines will be given to 92 lower-income countries and the African Union, and will go through the Covax vaccine alliance.
He will then move to Brussels for Nato and US-EU summits after meeting the Queen on June 13.
Biden will then travel to Geneva for crunch talks with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin on June 16
While addressing US forces personnel at RAF Midenhall he told the audience he wanted to see Putin face-to-face and let him know “what I want him to know”.
Why is Joe Biden visiting the UK?
Biden is visiting the UK for the 2021 G7 summit.
The G7 summit – also known as Group of Seven – is an informal meeting between leaders of the wealthiest nations on the planet.
EU figureheads Charles Michel and Ursula von der Leyen will also be in attendance.
It will be Biden’s first face-to-face meeting with the aforementioned since the US elections.
The US president has highlighted the importance of the summit in an article for The Washington Post.
He wrote: “In the United Kingdom, after meeting with prime minister Boris Johnson to affirm the special relationship between our nations, I will participate in the G7 summit.
“This group of leading democracies and economies has not met in person in two years due to the coronavirus.
“Ending this pandemic, improving health security for all nations and driving a robust, inclusive global economic recovery will be our top priorities.”