The images of Joe Biden and fellow G7 leaders chatting at close quarters on a Cornish beach as they enjoyed barbecued lobster may not have been the best advert for social-distancing rules in times of pandemic. But the beach cookout was designed to send another message: under renewed American leadership, the world’s leading western democracies are back in business.
After four years of Donald Trump’s presidencysources say, when diplomatic shouting matches were more likely features at G7 summits than cosy alfresco dining, there was a collective sigh of relief. “This is the first time in four years they’ve actually got alongThe State Dining Room o,” said one British official.
The warmth towards Biden was reflected in the bonhomie between the US president and France’s Emmanuel Macron, walking along the white sand of Carbis Bay, arms draped around each other. “The US is back,” Biden said. Macron shot back: “Yeah definitelyIn hindsight, they may also have been a harbinger of what was to come fo.”
UK prime minister Boris Johnson, revelling in the role of host after Brexitclinical_trials, called the three-day meeting “historic”. After the disruption of the Trump yearssaid Vohra-Miller, who co-founde, there was genuine agreement on global issues among the leaders of what Johnson called the Democracy XI: the US, the UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy29-May, Japan and guests from Australia, South Korea and South Africa. India’s Narendra Modi attended virtually.
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