US-UK security cooperation is unprecedented – and must remain so

The writer is United States Ambassador to the Court of St James

It’s an important time for the UK, which means it’s an important time for the United States and the relationship between our two countries. As Prime Minister Rishi Sunak debuts in Issue 10, President Joe Biden and I send America’s congratulations.

Now begins the next chapter of our partnership. The United States and the United Kingdom face significant and shared global challenges, ranging from growing economic pressures to the climate crisis and threats from state and non-state actors. We face these challenges together, guided by our common values ​​and our desire to build a better future for our fellow citizens.

First, we must look to the economy. The task before us is to meet the current economic challenges, while making the global economy stronger and more resilient for years to come. The United States and the United Kingdom share the largest bilateral foreign direct investment relationship in the world, exceeding $1.5 billion. This steady flow of transatlantic investment brings enormous benefits to both our countries, and we must seek to capitalize on it. The Biden administration is particularly focused on sustainable and inclusive growth that creates jobs and opportunities for communities that have not traditionally thrived on international trade.

Indeed, the United States recently made the largest investment in the fight against climate change in the history of our country – $370 billion – with the aim of stimulating our potential for clean growth, reducing the costs for families and create high quality jobs for years to come. .

This legislation demonstrates how committed we are to accelerating the global clean energy economy and will serve as the platform for our work over the next two weeks at COP27 and beyond. As a diplomat and businesswoman, it is one of my priorities to broaden and deepen our collaboration with the UK on climate change.

Second, our security cooperation must remain unprecedented. The United States and the United Kingdom have worked closely together to support Ukraine in response to Russia’s unprovoked aggression, providing critical security assistance and economic support to Ukraine while holding Russia accountable. through sanctions and export controls.

As the war approaches winter, we will continue to work closely with our British partners to support Ukraine’s heroic defense against Putin’s war of aggression. Through bilateral security cooperation, as well as through NATO and Aukus, we will uphold the rules-based international order and the principles we hold dear: freedom, democracy, universal rights and justice. rule of law.

Third, the United States believes that the EU and the UK must work constructively and expeditiously to resolve issues related to the implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol.

I recently visited Belfast, where leaders from several industries told me that a stable and predictable political climate was essential to the future growth of their businesses and communities. Northern Ireland is poised to attract new investment, but businesses need certainty and clarity. A prolonged standoff or an agreement with convoluted and burdensome regulations risks robbing the region of its great potential.

Next spring we will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement. It remains to this day an amazing achievement and a reminder of the economic and social progress that only peace and stability can bring. We recognize that there are differences of opinion on the implementation of the protocol, but we also know that an agreement is possible if all parties bring renewed energy to the task. The United States urges all parties to continue negotiations in good faith and to keep Northern Ireland’s best interests at heart.

The United States has no closer ally than the United Kingdom. Our military train together, our companies innovate and grow together, our scientists make discoveries together. Students from all over the UK learn at our universities and vice versa. We celebrate each other’s victories because we know our prosperity is linked. That’s what makes our special relationship so special.

We will face challenges, but throughout our long alliance, the foundation of our success has always been the result of close cooperation and friendship. More than anything else, deepening the bond between our countries will be my highest priority.

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