America and Great Britain have traditionally been considered close allies. However, before the G7 Foreign Ministers’ meeting begins in London, the partners are exchanging particularly warm words.
“The United States has no allies and allies,” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said at a joint press conference with his British counterpart Dominic Raab. “Our special relationship continues. It is effective, it is dynamic, and it is dear to the American people. “
This confession should be well received in the British capital: following the change of power at the White House, Great Britain feared a deterioration of the traditional “special relationship” between the two states, as between British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the new The relationship was already a burden on the US President.
Biden calls Johnson a “clone” of Donald Trump
Johnson had not made any friends with the US Democrats when, during the election campaign before the 2016 Brexit referendum, he wrote in a newspaper article that former President Barack Obama had turned against former colonial power Great Britain because of his Kenyan roots. Had complained. Biden later referred to Johnson as a “physical and emotional clone” of his predecessor Donald Trump. After Biden took over, Johnson had emphasized equality between the two countries and suggested a joint trade agreement
Foreign Minister Rabb emphasized on Monday that he stands “shoulder to shoulder” and shares many common values and interests. The United States and Great Britain also worked together when it came to condemn human rights violations and hold states accountable – as it recently did with China.
Defense against disinfection operations from Russia as a focus
The Foreign Ministers of the G7 countries are meeting this week for personal discussions for the first time in two weeks. It should be about the current conflicts in Afghanistan, Myanmar or Ukraine, but also about future goals and challenges.
According to the British, one of the priorities is to protect Russia from disinfection operations. The introduction of an “accelerated deputation mechanism” to counter this “lies and propaganda or false news” should be discussed, announced British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab.
Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) said before the flight to London that it was a “high time” to personally see each other as a “community of values”. Because only at the time of the virtual meetings, the world “unfortunately did not stand still”. Others have, meanwhile, tried to shape the global order “according to completely different values”.