Johnson and Biden to sign new Atlantic charter

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UK PM Boris Johnson and US President Joe Biden will sign a new Atlantic charter in an attempt to show that both countries leaderships plan to frame a post-Covid order in a way the original 1941 charter prefigured a new world order after the Second world war, British media reported.

The symbolic signing will take place at the first in-person bilateral meeting between the two leaders since Biden became president, and comes ahead of the critical summit of G7 leaders in Cornwall, according to Guardian. The original charter, signed in August 1941, championed the values of democracy and free speech and opposition to Nazi totalitarianism, leading directly to the creation of postwar institutions such as the UN and NATO.

“Just as our countries worked together to rebuild the world following the Second world war, so too will we apply our combined strength to the enormous challenges facing the planet today – from global defence and security to building back better from coronavirus to stopping climate change,” Downing Street said in a statement.

Speaking before the summit, Johnson pointed out that, “while Churchill and Roosevelt faced the question of how to help the world recover following a devastating war, today we have to reckon with a very different but no less intimidating challenge – how to build back better from the coronavirus pandemic. And as we do so, cooperation between the UK and US will be crucial for the future of the world’s stability and prosperity.”

Based on eight shared challenges, the charter will highlight the new threats facing the world such as cyber-attacks, the climate crisis, protection of biodiversity and preventing future pandemics. The original charter skilfully bound the US into the fight against nazism and upheld the principle of national self-determination.

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