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US President Joe Biden wants to “continue close cooperation” with the UK following the election of Rishi Sunak as leader of the Conservative Party, White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre said on Monday.
The US spokeswoman explained in her daily press conference that the US president has not yet congratulated Sunak because, according to protocol, he has to wait until the British PM meets with King Charles III and is invited to form a government.
Nevertheless, Biden “looks forward to talking” to Sunak in the coming days and continuing bilateral cooperation.
Rishi Sunak was elected as the new leader of the British Conservative Party and the next Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
The Tory leader will visit Buckingham Palace this week to be officially entrusted by King Charles III to form a government.
A Downing Street spokesman confirmed on Monday that the power transfer will not take place tonight, although the monarch is travelling to London from Sandringham today, and the audience with Sunak is expected to take place tomorrow.