Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak at the headquarters of Octopus Energy in London on Monday. Reuters
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson opened the Group of Seven virtual leaders meeting on Friday by calling for a plan to rebuild the global economy after the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The prime minister of Britain and the chief of the European Union told their chief negotiators on Saturday to get back together and push “intensively” to strike a post-Brexit trade deal before time runs out in a matter of weeks.
Britain unveiled a 30 billion-pound ($39 billion) stimulus plan to help the economy as it faces the risk of a coronavirus recession, hours after the Bank of England (BoE) slashed interest rates in a double-barrelled response to the crisis.
The talks, to be conducted virtually, will involve over 300 US and UK staff and officials in nearly 30 negotiating groups, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and UK trade minister Liz Truss said in a joint statement.
Shaukat Tarin, finance adviser to Prime Minister Imran Khan, said in a tweet: “I want to thank His Excellency Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the kind gesture.”
Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid on Saturday met Nigerian and Sri Lankan presidents at Expo 2020 Dubai. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid also visited the Russian Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, where he met Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin.
Expo 2020 Dubai marked International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) with a flagship event located at the Nexus for People and Planet venue,