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Joe Biden 'will welcome Boris Johnson to the White House next week'

Joe Biden will welcome Boris Johnson to the White House next week as the US and UK look to repair the Special Relationship after the Afghanistan crisis, it was claimed today. 

There has been mounting speculation that Mr Johnson will travel to Washington DC after he addresses the United Nations General Assembly in New York. 

The visit to the White House is yet to be confirmed but there is a growing expectation that it will take place. 

US President Joe Biden is widely expected to welcome Boris Johnson to the White House next week

There has been mounting speculation that Mr Johnson will travel to Washington DC after he addresses the United Nations General Assembly in New York

Officials in London and Washington will be hoping to use the meeting to repair any lingering tensions over the manner of the US withdrawal from Kabul. 

Mr Johnson had asked Mr Biden to delay the US exit in order to provide more time for humanitarian airlifts. 

But Mr Biden stuck to his hard deadline of August 31 as all remaining US forces left the country. 

The fact that the UK's request was dismissed prompted some MPs to question whether British foreign policy was at a 'crossroads' after decades of being interwoven with that of the US.

Mr Johnson met Mr Biden in person for the first time at the G7 summit in Cornwall in June this year. 

He appeared virtually at the White House on Wednesday this week during the unveiling of a new defence pact between the UK, US and Australia which will see the latter provided with nuclear-powered submarines.  

Mr Biden said during that briefing that he 'looked forward to seeing you in person, very soon I hope'. 

Mr Johnson met Mr Biden in person for the first time at the G7 summit in Cornwall in June this year

Mr Johnson could be one of a number of world leaders visiting the White House next week as nations try to arrange trips to coincide with the UNGA summit, according to The Telegraph. 

Number 10 has not yet confirmed whether Mr Johnson will meet with Mr Biden next week.  

The Prime Minister's Official Spokesman said yesterday: 'I've seen some speculation on that, but there are no confirmed plans.'

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