After Rishi Sunak was appointed as the new British Prime Minister, US President Joe Biden congratulated him over a phone call on Tuesday, October 26, the White House revealed. As per the statement, the two leaders spoke about working together in support of Ukraine and holding Russia responsible for its actions in the ongoing war and other things.
“The leaders agreed on the importance of working together to support Ukraine and hold Russia accountable for its aggression, address the challenges posed by China, and secure sustainable and affordable energy resources,” the White House revealed.
Rishi Sunak replaced Liz Truss in the top seat of the United Kingdom and is the first-ever Indian-origin person to hold the office. He is also the youngest Prime Minister of the UK in the last 200 years. The appointment of the 42-year-old has come at a troubled time for the country which is facing an economic crisis.
The United States and the United Kingdom historically share a special relationship that dates back to before the first World War. Biden and Sunak, in their telephonic exchange on Tuesday, vowed to uphold the relationship between the two countries and pledged to enhance cooperation on critical issues concerning world peace.
“They discussed their shared commitment to protecting the gains of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement and the need to maintain momentum toward reaching a negotiated agreement with the European Union on the Northern Ireland Protocol,” the White House statement continued.
Following the phone call with US President Joe Biden, Rishi Sunak stated that the US and the UK were the closest of allies.
“I look forward to working together with” the US President “to enhance stability across the world and continue our leading role in support of the people of Ukraine,” the new British PM wrote on Twitter.