President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. met today with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak of the United Kingdom in San Diego, California. The leaders underscored their shared commitment to promote regional security through the Australia-United Kingdom-United States (AUKUS) trilateral partnership and continued close defense cooperation. The leaders exchanged views on a range of global issues, including the challenges posed by the People’s Republic of China and our shared commitment to supporting peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. They also underscored their continued support for Ukraine in the face of Russia’s ongoing aggression, including the provision of security, economic, and humanitarian assistance to Ukraine as well as the imposition of economic measures to counter Moscow’s ability to wage war. In addition, they reaffirmed their shared and steadfast commitment to the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement, and welcomed the Windsor Framework as an important step in preserving the peace and progress in Northern Ireland brought by the Agreement.
The President and Prime Minister discussed the importance of continuing to deepen the strong, enduring economic relationship between the United Kingdom and the United States. President Biden invited Prime Minister Sunak to visit Washington in June to continue this conversation. The United States and United Kingdom will work and invest together to drive the clean energy transition, foster the industries of the future, and bolster our economies’ resilience to a range of shocks. The two countries will explore ways to deepen our trade and investment relationship and confront the shared economic and national security challenges we face. The leaders directed their economic teams to work intensively to advance this agenda, making progress ahead of the G7 Summit. As part of these efforts, the United States and United Kingdom will work within the G7, with other international partners, and bilaterally to strengthen and diversify critical supply chains, including for critical minerals.