British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and US President Joe Biden signed a pledge to defend the UK and America’s “enduring values” 80 years since the Atlantic Charter was inked in 1941.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill signed the charter during World War II to set out their vision for the world after the conflict. It ultimately led to the setting up of NATO and the UN.
The document promised to counter “those who seek to undermine our alliances and institutions” and singled out “interference through disinformation”, a charge that has been levelled at Moscow.
It also cited free trade, human rights, a rules-based international order, and stronger global defences against health threats like COVID-19, ahead of the summit in Cornwall, UK.
Earlier, Biden and Johnson inspected the original documents related to the Atlantic Charter, which included goals of free trade, disarmament, and the right to self-determination of all people.
Johnson noted that the charter laid the foundation for the United Nations and NATO.
“Yeah, I know,” Biden replied.