Boris Johnson first European leader to get call from President Biden

Andrew Parsons / No10 Downing Street Boris Johnson on the phone

The close friendship between Great Britain and the US was reinforced by the fact that Boris Johnson became one of the first foreign figures to speak directly to new President Joe Biden last night.

The Prime Minister is considered the first foreign leader outside North America to talk with Mr. Biden within two days of the planned call.

Mr Biden was supposed to start calling allies across the Atlantic on Monday and Tuesday, but the invitation is seen as an indication that the President of the United States continues to expand on the special ties.

The call for Mr Johnson is in advance of any contact with other European leaders, the Telegraph realizes, in what will be seen as a big boost for Britain after Brexit.

Last night, a source in Germany reported that he had yet to talk to German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

On the other hand, after winning the elections in November 2016, Theresa May became the 11th President Trump Call List behind the representatives of Egypt, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Japan, India, Turkey, Israel, South Korea, Australia and Ireland.

Joe Biden met in 2013 with the UK business - NEIL HALL/AFP/Getty Images

The move came after Mr. Biden removed a buste from Sir Winston Churchill when he selected furniture for his Oval office.

British authorities, including the White House and the American embassy in London, have played down the likelihood of some importance in this transfer.

British Telegraph officials "likely" that Mr Johnson was the first non-American leader to accept a message.

In June, the impending G-7 meeting in Cornwall, the United Nations Environment Conference in November, when Biden will visit the UK and hopes for a post-Brexit trade agreement, is supposed to be discussed by the two.

Mr. Biden met on Friday with Canadian Premier Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

On Friday, White House officials said "next week" calls with "allies including many of the Europeans" should begin.

British officials expected Monday or Tuesday to receive a call.

Mr Johnson has tried to extend his hand of goodwill to the Democratic President since his win over Donald Trump after the opening last week.

"Congratulations to Joe Biden on his election as President of the United States and to Kamala Harris on her historic achievement. The US is our most important ally and I look forward to working closely together on our shared priorities from climate change to trade and security."

After the opening ceremony, he added: "America’s leadership is vital on the issues that matter to us all, from climate change to Covid, and I look forward to working with President Biden."

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