Liz Truss will not meet the US president this weekend despite keeping other heads of state on her calendar
FILE PHOTO: Britain’s new Prime Minister Liz Truss leaves 10 Downing Street to attend her first Prime Minister’s Questions, London, September 7, 2022 © AP / Alberto Pezzali
A planned meeting between the new UK Prime Minister and US President Joe Biden in London has been called off, even as Liz Truss keeps Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and other world leaders on her calendar for talks this weekend prior to Queen Elizabeth’s funeral on Monday.
The queen died last week, just two days after directing Truss to form a government, and the flock of world leaders traveling to her funeral has created an opportunity for the new prime minister to score diplomatic points with the visiting heads of state.
However, the PM’s office announced on Saturday that Sunday’s planned face-to-face talks with Biden had been called off.
Downing Street offered no explanation for the scheduling change. Truss and Biden plan to hold a “full bilateral meeting” on Wednesday, when both leaders will be in New York City for the UN General Assembly. The queen’s funeral is scheduled for Monday.
Biden, who was one of the first world leaders to confirm his attendance at the funeral, left the White House on Saturday afternoon for his flight to London. It was unclear who called off the talks, but Biden was reportedly already aboard Air Force One when the meeting cancellation was announced.