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Boris Johnson and Joe Biden on Thursday attempted to smooth over their differences on Northern Ireland in their first face-to-face meeting at the G7 summit of western leaders in Cornwall.

The US president’s “deep” concerns were conveyed directly to London earlier this month by America’s most senior diplomat in Britain, who warned the UK to stop inflaming tensions in Northern Ireland over new Brexit trading rules.

But both leaders spoke warmly of their first meeting, with Johnson hailing the talks with Biden as “very good” and describing the US administration as “a big breath of fresh air”. The prime minister added there was “absolutely common ground” on protecting peace in Northern Ireland.

Biden described the 20-minute meeting as “very productive” and said “we affirmed the special relationship between our people and renewed our commitment”,…

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