Liz Truss hopes to have a private meeting with Joe Biden this weekend when the US President visits the UK for the Queen’s funeral on Monday.
Their first meeting since the Tory leader became Prime Minister took place over the background of disputes over the Northern Ireland Protocol and difficulties in working out a trade deal with the White House.
Downing Street is set to confirm who it will meet on Friday, but there will be many meetings with visiting world leaders over the weekend at number 10 and at Chevening’s country mansion.
However, Mrs. Truss is not expected to meet Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan, who will reportedly attend a state funeral in place of Leader Xi Jinping on Monday.
No. 10 said the meetings were not “formal” bilateral meetings, presenting them as condolences chats over the death of the queen – but said political “issues” were likely to arise as well.
“We will have a significant number of world leaders, heads of state, in the country. He will meet a small part of them over the weekend, ”said an official spokesman for Ms Truss.
“It will be an occasion to discuss Her Majesty’s memories, but in some cases it will be their first contact since she became Prime Minister … I am sure they will talk about other matters as well.”
Several hundred dignitaries from all over the world will travel to London to pay tribute to the Queen in what is expected to be one of Britain’s greatest logistical and diplomatic events in decades.
Meeting in the UK with Mr Biden, who will be attending a funeral with First Lady Jill Biden, will ease the pressure on Mrs Truss’s expected New York visit to the UN summit next week.
Chevening will be used as a single meeting base, not the Checkers residence in the prime minister’s country, undergoing routine maintenance following the departure of Boris Johnson.
It was unclear whether Emmanuel Macron would be one of those attended by Mrs. Truss, but the French president confirmed his attendance at the funeral after expressing his condolences to his country in an appeal to the king.
Macron tweeted about the “unbreakable” ties between France and Britain because he had promised to “strengthen” the relationship between Britain and France by “following the path” of the late Queen.
During her campaign to become a Tory leader, she sparked controversy saying there was “no jury” over whether Macron was “friend or foe.”
There were also suggestions that Mrs Truss could speak to Irish Taoiseach Michael Martin at the funeral amid the strained relationship surrounding the ongoing Brexit brawl over protocol.
It comes when the government of Ms Truss announced to the EU that it will unilaterally continue to suspend border controls of goods from Great Britain and Northern Ireland, which is expected to exacerbate tensions.
Meanwhile, senior Tory MPs are protesting against the invitation of a high-ranking Chinese representative to the queen’s funeral. The vice president is said to have been invited after some confusion over whether his prime minister Xi Jingping was on the guest list.
“It is unbelievable that the government would consider inviting Chinese government officials to attend such an important international event as a state funeral,” said Tim Loughton. Independent.
Mrs Truss will also meet Charles III at Buckingham Palace on Sunday morning before attending a party for world leaders on Sunday night, said No. 10. The prime minister is scheduled to give a lecture at the Queen’s funeral on Monday.
About 500 dignitaries from all over the world travel to London for a state funeral. They will join royals, former prime ministers and key public figures at Westminster Abbey on Monday at 11:00 am.
Most Commonwealth leaders are expected to attend, and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced she will embark on the nearly 24-hour journey. Canadian and Australian colleagues Justin Trudeau and Anthony Albanese also confirmed their participation.
Among the participants are also German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Italian President Sergio Mattarella and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.