[size=32]Bolton met Johnson in London: Iran, Brexit and other files- Two Hours Have Passed
LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday discussed Brexit and Iran with US National Security Adviser John Bolton, who is in London for two days, and telephoned US President Donald Trump as the British warship Kent sailed towards the Gulf.
Bolton announced after meeting British Prime Minister, according to "Agence France Presse," that Britain will be "in the first line" of a trade agreement with the United States, according to the agency "Press Association" local, at a time London strongly hopes to sign a free trade agreement With Washington in the wake of Brexit, due on October 31.
"We want to work very quickly," Bolton said, noting that negotiations could take place "definitely" by focusing initially on areas where the two countries agree.
According to a spokesman for the British Prime Minister, Johnson and Bolton also addressed a “fan of issues, including Iran, Hong Kong and the fifth generation telecommunications network” during the first visit of a senior administration official since Johnson's successor, Teresa May, to the premiership on July 24. July.
Meanwhile, a Trump spokesman said he was "in a hurry to meet Boris Johnson personally" in the "near future," following a telephone conversation between the two.
During the call, Trump praised the "strong partnership with the UK (with) international challenges," the spokesman said.
The visit comes at a time when the administration of US President Donald Trump is leading a campaign of "extreme pressure" on Iran to push it to curb its nuclear and military activities.
On August 5, the British government announced that it would participate in a “maritime security mission” alongside the United States to protect merchant ships in the Strait of Hormuz in the Gulf.
Washington is also calling on its closest European allies to exclude China Telecom (Huawei) from its projects to develop the 5G network, or at the very least severe restrictions on it, which was one of the files discussed during the visit. The British government is expected to take a decision.
According to British and American media, Bolton will meet with other members of the British government during his continuous visit to Tuesday, especially with Finance Minister Sajid Javed and Minister in charge of "Brexit" Stephen Berkeley. The US ambassador did not confirm the matter in contact with "AFP".
British warship to the Gulf
LONDON (Reuters) - The British warship Kent sailed towards the Gulf on Monday to join a US-led mission to protect commercial cargo ships in the region, Reuters reported.
The move comes after Iran seized a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz.
On July 4, British naval forces detained an Iranian ship off Gibraltar on suspicion of smuggling an oil shipment to Syria.
"Our strong focus in the Gulf remains to defuse the current tension," said British ship commander Andy Brown.
"But we are committed to maintaining free shipping and securing international shipping, which is what these deployments are aiming for."
The deployment was announced for the first time last month and will include the takeover of Kent by another British ship already operating in the Gulf, the Duncan.