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Biden meets with Boris Johnson

President Joe Biden (left) with Prime Minister Boris Johnson in Cornwall, Britain, on Thursday Associated Press/Photo by Toby Melville

Biden meets with Boris Johnson

President Joe Biden arrived at the site of the G7 meeting in Cornwall, England, on Thursday. He and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson highlighted their commitment to strengthening the ties between the United States and Great Britain. In a symbolic nod to that unity, they signed an updated version of the Atlantic Charter.

What is the Atlantic Charter? British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the first charter in 1941. It set out common goals following World War II, including freer trade, disarmament, and the right of all people to self-determination. The new charter promises to promote free trade, human rights, and a rules-based international order. In a veiled reference to Russia and China, it also seeks to counter “those who seek to undermine our alliances and institutions.”

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Leigh Jones

Leigh is acting managing editor for WORLD Radio. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate who spent six years as a newspaper reporter in Texas before joining WORLD. Leigh also co-wrote Infinite Monster: Courage, Hope, and Resurrection in the Face of One of America's Largest Hurricanes. She resides with her husband and daughter in Houston, Texas.


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