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U.S., UK renew Atlantic Charter to highlight their commitment to tackling new global challenges Updated: 2021-06-11 15:25:47 KST

Meanwhile, on his first day there, President Biden and Prime Minister Johnson agreed to a new Atlantic Charter modeled on the historic declaration made by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill in 1941 that set out American and British goals for the world after the end of World War II.
The new Atlantic Charter that Biden and Johnson signed today is meant to reflect the shifting threats facing the world 80 years after the original document was signed.
Kim Hyo-sun reports.
The U.S. and UK have signed a new Atlantic Charter one more tailored to the 21st century.
The move came Thursday during the first face-to-face meeting between U.S. President Joe Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in the UK ahead of the G7 summit.
The allies aim to take the role of global leaders to tackle the world's biggest challenges.

"Today, we build on that commitment with a revitalized Atlantic Charter, updated to re-affirm that promise while speaking directly to the key challenges of this century: cyber security, emerging technologies, global health and climate change."

Prime Minister Johnson also hailed the Charter, underscoring that their bilateral relationship is important for global prosperity and security.

"I don't think it is any exaggeration to say that the relationship between the UK and the US is the relationship between North America and Europe - which really sort of is incarnated in that Atlantic Charter of 1941, which we've renewed today between me and President Biden, is of massive, massive strategic importance for the prosperity, the security of the world, for all the things we believe in together - democracy, human rights, the rule of law, and the U.S. and the U.K. stick up for those two things together."

They also highlighted their similarities as democracies in being able to deliver on solving critical challenges of the time.
The renewed Charter, which was the declaration of cooperation that President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill signed during World War II also entails the two countries' commitment to tackle public health issues, including the COVID-19 pandemic.
The accord also entails support for NATO, and puts emphasis on opposing election interference and disinformation campaigns.
Kim Hyo-sun, Arirang News.
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