Here’s what Pompeo and Boris Johnson covered in ‘candid’ talks

Here’s what Pompeo and Boris Johnson covered in ‘candid’ talks

Mike Pompeo met U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and other lawmakers on Tuesday during a two-day visit that will also see the U.S. Secretary of State stop in Denmark.

Pompeo, Johnson and Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab discussed topics including secure 5G telecommunications, recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and continuing negotiations on a U.S.-UK free trade agreement.

Pompeo called discussions “candid,” emphasizing the strength of the U.K.’s relationship with the U.S.



Here is what they covered.

On China

The U.S. has welcomed the U.K.’s announcement in July that it will remove Huawei from its future telecommunications infrastructure.

The U.K. will eliminate Chinese telecoms giant Huawei from its 5G network by 2027, after pressure from Sino-skeptic lawmakers and U.S. politicians.

Pompeo, Raab, and Johnson discussed concerns about China’s actions in Hong Kong as well as developing 5G networks not dependent on China, Raab said at a joint press conference.

Pompeo accused the Communist Party of China of using the coronavirus outbreak to further its own interest, which he called “disgraceful” at the conference.

Media reports on Tuesday suggested the trio discussed ways to tackle China’s growing might.

Read:U.K. plans to ban Huawei from 5G technology by 2027

Pompeo also discussed “the need for a strategic response to China” when he met U.K. lawmakers at think-tank the Henry Jackson Society, it said.

On trade talks

Trade talks have tripped over the issue of chlorine-washed chicken and hormone-injected beef, both of which are banned in the U.K.

Read:British grocers reject U.S. chlorine-washed chicken as row over welfare standards deepen

The U.S. wants full access to U.K. markets for its farmers, but politicians, businesses, and individuals in the U.K. have promised not to lower the country’s current agricultural standards.

Both Raab and Pompeo said they discussed U.K.-U.S. trade talks and that they looked forward to future negotiation rounds.

On COVID-19

The U.S. has ordered 300 million doses of British drugmaker AstraZeneca’s developing COVID-19 vaccine for a reported $1.2 billion.

The talks touched on plans to develop and widely manufacture a vaccine.

What else?

The mother of Harry Dunn, the teenager who was killed in a collision with a car driven by Anne Sacoolas, the wife of a U.S. government employee, had called on the U.K. government and Pompeo to make her son a priority in the talks.

Read:U.S. diplomat’s wife identified after fleeing U.K. due to fatal crash

Pompeo previously rejected an extradition request from the U.K. for Sacoolas, but Johnson reiterated the need for justice to be done for Harry Dunn and his family, according to a statement on the Prime Minister’s website.

“He said there was a strong feeling among the people of the UK that justice must be delivered,” it said.

Talks also covered the extension of an arms embargo on Iran, which is set to expire in October, Pompeo said, as well as the Middle East Peace Process.

Pompeo will go on to meet the pro-democracy activist Nathan Law, who recently fled Hong Kong, and the former governor of Hong Kong Lord Chris Patten.


Originally published on MarketWatch

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