Biden, Johnson sign new Atlantic Charter on trade, defense amid Covid recovery
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Biden, Johnson sign new Atlantic Charter on trade, defense amid Covid recovery

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson signed a new Atlantic Charter on Thursday, modeled after the 1941 agreement, that outlines eight key areas on which the U.S. and the United Kingdom plan to collaborate.

The revamped charter, which comes during Biden’s first trip abroad as president, says it builds “on the commitments and aspirations set out eighty years ago, affirms our ongoing commitment to sustaining our enduring values and defending them against new and old challenges.”

Those commitments include defending democracy, reaffirming the importance of collective security and ensuring a fair and open global trading system, the document said.

Biden and Johnson agreed to the revamped accord during a bilateral meeting Thursday at Carbis Bay, Cornwall, in the southwest of England on Thursday ahead of the G-7 summit with other world leaders, which starts Friday.

Speaking to reporters from St. Ives afterward, Biden said he had a “very productive meeting”…

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