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Boris Johnson finally talks to Joe Biden week after election

Boris Johnson has finally spoken to President-elect Joe Biden and said he looks forward to ‘strengthening the partnership between our countries’.

Despite Mr Biden being called as the winner of the presidential election on Saturday, it has taken the pair three days to have a telephone call – sparking fears over the UK and US’s ‘special relationship’.

The prime minister congratulated Mr Biden and Vice-president elect Kamala Harris via social media shortly after their win, but it was not until this evening that he did so personally.

Mr Johnson tweeted on Tuesday evening: ‘I just spoke to @JoeBiden to congratulate him on his election.

‘I look forward to strengthening the partnership between our countries and to working with him on our shared priorities – from tackling climate change, to promoting democracy and building back better from the pandemic.’

Mr Biden has been publicly critical of the PM, who he described as a ‘clone’ of rival Donald Trump and has been unimpressed by their close bond.

He has reportedly been angered by comments Mr Johnson made about Barack Obama, who he served as vice-president under.

The president-elect, who is of Irish descent, is also said to be concerned over the impact of Brexit on Northern Ireland and previously warned the Good Friday Agreement must not become a ‘casualty’ of Britain’s exit.

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