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UK PM Johnson says looking forward to meeting Trump in June

Thu, 20th Feb 2020 21:01

LONDON, Feb 20 (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris
Johnson is looking forward to meeting U.S. President Donald
Trump in June, Johnson's office said after reports that an
expected meeting between the two leaders in early 2020 had been
postponed.

Relations between London and Washington have been strained
by Britain's decision to allow the Chinese telecoms company
Huawei a limited role in its mobile network, a proposed
British digital services tax and the Iran nuclear deal.

Johnson had been expected to visit Washington early this
year but The Sun newspaper reported last week that the trip had
been postponed until June when a summit of leaders of the Group
of Seven rich nations is due to take place in the United States.

"The Prime Minister and President Trump spoke this evening
and discussed a range of bilateral and international issues,"
Downing Street said in a statement on Thursday.

"The leaders reiterated their commitment to the UK-US
relationship and looked forward to seeing each other at the G7
Summit in the United States in June."

Britain wants to strike a trade deal with the United States
as part of its plan for a more global role after its departure
from the European Union, something Trump has said he wants too.
(Writing by William Schomberg; Editing by Daniel Wallis)

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