Johnson, Trump to work together for reopening global economy

The US President Donald Trump and British PM Boris Johnson agreed on the need for a coordinated international response to the coronavirus pandemic, Downing Street and the White House said in separate statements on Tuesday, news wires reported.

Johnson, who had been hospitalized after contracting COVID-19, also told Trump he “is feeling better and on the road to recovery,” according to the White House statement on a telephone exchange between the two leaders. Trump and Johnson “reaffirmed their close cooperation through the G7 and G20 to reopen global economies and ensure medical care and supplies reach all those in need,” the White House added.

The pair also discussed trade during the conversation.  

“The leaders committed to continue working together to strengthen our bilateral relationship, including by signing a free trade agreement as soon as possible,” a Downing Street spokeswoman said. A deal with the United States is a key priority for Johnson’s administration after UK leaving the EU.

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