Rishi Sunak has hailed the UK’s global alliances as its “greatest source of strength and security” as he prepares to meet Joe Biden to flesh out a major defense deal.
The Prime Minister travels to San Diego on Sunday to discuss nuclear-powered submarines with the US President and Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.
British ministers are very hopeful that Mr Albanese will announce the purchase of a British-designed fleet.
The UK, US and Australia entered into the AUKUS pact in 2021 to bolster their defenses and share nuclear submarine secrets at a time of growing concern about China.
On the US West Coast on Monday, Sunak is also expected to unveil the new Integrated Defense and Foreign Policy Review, which was updated in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. .
The updated review will set out the UK’s approach to threats from Moscow and an increasingly assertive China.
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When the AUKUS pact was announced in 2021, it prompted a warning from China
Ahead of his trip, the Prime Minister said: “In turbulent times, the UK’s global alliances are our greatest source of strength and security.
“I am traveling to the United States today to launch the next phase of the AUKUS nuclear submarine program, a project that ties ties with our closest allies and provides security, new technologies and economic advantage at home. We.
“As we launch the 2023 Integrated Exam Refresh tomorrow, that is the future we want to deliver – a UK that is safe, prosperous and alongside our partners. »
Source : News 24