US President Joe Biden and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday.
US President Joe Biden and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday.

Biden-Johnson bonhomie on display amid G7 summit as leaders exchange gifts to affirm strong ties

ANI | Updated: Jun 12, 2021 12:07 IST

London [UK], June 12 (ANI): In a gesture affirming the warmth and strength of UK-US ties, President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Boris Johnson exchanged gifts amid the ongoing Group of Seven (G7) Summit in the United Kingdom.
The US President gifted a handmade USD 6,000 bicycle while the British prime minister presented Biden with a photo of a 19th-century anti-slavery campaigner, during his first overseas trip as US president.
Biden's gift to Johnson is painted blue with red and white decorations to evoke the British Union Jack and signatures of the two world leaders on the crossbar, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported. Moreover, US and British flags are present on the head tube of the bike.

According to Politico, Johnson gave Biden a framed photograph of a leading 19th-century anti-slavery campaigner Frederick Douglass.

As per the British media reports, Downing Street decided on the photograph after coming across it on the Wikipedia page for Douglass.
The photograph of the anti-slavery campaigner was taken by Melissa Highton -- a UK-US dual national.

Following the meeting between the two leaders, Biden thanked UK PM for hosting him, on Twitter. He said: "The special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom is stronger than ever."
Meanwhile, Johnson also affirmed the strong US-UK ties, saying, "The future of the world's stability and prosperity lies in cooperation between the UK and the US, the closest of partners and the greatest of allies." (ANI)