Prime Minister Rishi Sunak met US President Biden today at the G20 Summit in Indonesia.
The leaders agreed on the national and international importance of the strong UK-US relationship, particularly given the challenging economic times the world is currently facing.
The Prime Minister and President Biden underscored that the actions of President Putin and his regime are directly responsible for precipitating global economic issues, including rising inflation. Maintaining international pressure to ensure Putin fails in Ukraine is in everyone’s interest.
The leaders agreed to work together and with allies to address the economic consequences of Putin’s brutality. This includes action to protect the most vulnerable in our countries and around the world and efforts to secure our long-term energy supply.
They stressed the importance of like-minded allies providing a counterpoint to authoritarian regimes, including ensuring developing countries can grow sustainably.
The Prime Minister and President Biden both agreed on the importance of sustained engagement in the Indo-Pacific region and pointed to the AUKUS pact as an example of that. The Prime Minister outlined the UK’s Indo-Pacific priorities, including joining the CPTPP trade bloc.
The leaders looked forward to working together to take forward cooperation between the UK and the US on areas including trade, defence and upholding the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement.