Foreign Secretary James Cleverly meets with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken

A spokesperson from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office said:

The Foreign Secretary James Cleverly met US Secretary of State Antony Blinken at the UN’s General Assembly in New York on Tuesday 20 September 2022.

Both underlined their unwavering, long-term support to Ukraine and to maintaining unity with partners to ensure Putin fails in his illegal war. There must be no impunity for Putin’s hostility.

The Foreign Secretary also reaffirmed the UK’s commitment to maintaining the rules-based international order, peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and beyond, as the G7 set out last month.

He and the Secretary of State discussed the threat to international peace and security posed by Iran’s continued nuclear escalation. Both underlined their commitment to the security of our partners in the Middle East.

Finally, on the Northern Ireland Protocol, the Foreign Secretary re-iterated the UK’s top priority to protect the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement and get the Northern Ireland Executive up and running. He explained the Protocol is, however, causing real problems in Northern Ireland which we must fix. The UK’s preference has always been to resolve this through talks.

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