Joe Biden accepts King’s invitation to UK state visit after ‘friendly talk’ | UK news

The White House has announced that the King has invited Joe Biden for a state visit to the UK, which the US President has accepted.

The invitation came during a conversation between the two on Tuesday, in which Mr Biden inform king the first lady of the united states Jill Biden will attend his coronation in May.

The US president traditionally does not attend the coronation of the British monarch.

“The president appreciates the King’s proposal and looks forward to this state visit,” White House spokeswoman Karin Jean-Pierre told reporters.

Mr. Biden spent about 25 to 30 minutes on the phone with King, she said.

“He congratulated the king on his upcoming coronation, they had a very friendly conversation and he has a great relationship with the king,” she said.

“He spoke about how it felt to visit the Queen when he and the First Lady came to Windsor in 2021, and he hopes to visit again soon.

“Actually, during the call, the king offered him a state visit and the president accepted.

“So they’re going to meet again soon…they both care about a lot of things, key shared values, key shared issues that they want to keep talking about, like climate change.”

Ms Jean-Pierre did not specify when she would visit, but said it would be in the “near future”.

The Queen and US President Joe Biden at Windsor Castle in June 2021.Image: Associated Press
The Queen and US President Joe Biden at Windsor Castle in June 2021.Image: Associated Press

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Meanwhile, Mr. Biden to speak in the Irish Parliament next Thursday as part of his highly anticipated tour of Ireland.

He will start his tour in Belfast before heading to Dublin, visiting his ancestral homeland of Co Louth and Co Mayo.

As part of his visit, he will address TDs, Senators and MEPs at the Dail Chamber to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement.

Prime Minister Taoiseach Leo Varadkar told media that Mr Biden’s visit provided an opportunity to advance issues discussed during his visit to Washington two weeks ago.

“The number one goal of President Biden’s visit to Ireland is to welcome home the sons of Ireland, to welcome home a great Irish-American president, to solidify and strengthen the really good relationship we currently have with the United States,” he said.

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“I don’t think the relationship between Ireland and the US has ever been stronger or closer and we want to build on that and take advantage of our upcoming meeting.”

The U.S. leader is also due to speak publicly next Friday night outside St Muredach’s Cathedral in Comeo Ballina.

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“Given the deep historical links between Ireland and the United States of America, both Ceann Comhairle and Cathaoirleach are very much looking forward to welcoming the President to Leinster House,” a statement on Wednesday said.

Biden will be the fourth U.S. president to speak at Oireachtas, following John F. Kennedy in June 1963, Ronald Reagan in June 1984 and Bill Clinton in December 1995.

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