Liz Truss's meeting with Joe Biden ahead of Queen's funeral cancelled as new talks planned

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Liz Truss’s meeting tomorrow with US President Joe Biden has been cancelled. Ms Truss and Mr Biden will instead attend a “full bilateral meeting” at the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, No 10 said.

Downing Street would not give any further details on why Sunday’s meeting was called off.

It comes as the US President is travelling to Britain for the Queen’s funeral on Monday. He departed the White House with First Lady Jill Biden on Saturday.

Ms Truss previously met Mr Biden when she was Foreign Secretary.

However, their meeting on Wednesday will be their first time face-to-face since she became Prime Minister.

It comes amid ongoing tensions over the Northern Ireland Protocol, which is the subject of a bitter row between Britain and Brussels.

Mr Biden has repeatedly warned the UK not to take any action that could lead to a hard Irish border.

Meanwhile, progress has been stalled towards a trade deal with the US.

Earlier this month, the White House warned that tearing up the post-Brexit deal for Northern Ireland would “not create a conducive environment” for US-UK trade talks.

Mr Biden’s press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said: “There is no formal linkage on trade talks between the US and the UK and the Northern Ireland Protocol, as we have said, but efforts to undo the Northern Ireland Protocol would not create a conducive environment.”

It comes as Ms Truss is meeting world leaders as they travel to the UK for the state funeral.

The Prime Minister is set to meet Irish Taoiseach Micheal Martin, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Polish President Andrzej Duda in Number 10 tomorrow.

She met Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at the Government’s Chevening country residence on Saturday.

The in-person conversations were being framed by No 10 as chats rather than formal bilateral meetings.

Downing Street suggested they would be an opportunity for condolences over the Queen’s death, with politics likely to come up.

Ahead of her talks with Ms Truss, Ms Ardern said the late Queen and new King would be the “focus of conversation”.

She added that they were also likely to discuss Ukraine and the UK’s free trade agreement with New Zealand.

It is thought the meeting between Ms Truss and her Australian counterpart also touched on trade.

Britain and Australia last year signed a deal estimated by the UK Government to boost the economy by £2.3 billion.

Earlier on Saturday, Ms Truss spoke to the UAE president and ruler of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

She is also expected to hold a call with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, later today.



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