WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he held constructive and candid talks on 5G security, a potential free trade deal, and other matters during his meeting with the United Kingdom’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson in London on Tuesday.
“Constructive visit with @BorisJohnson today. Our two countries’ long-standing, strong bilateral relationship has laid the foundation for today’s candid discussion on issues ranging from 5G telecommunication to our negotiations for a US-UK free trade agreement”, Pompeo said via Twitter.
Johnson welcomed the US secretary of state at his residence at Downing Street 10, stating that “the social distancing measures did not indicate any diplomatic distance”.
Secretary Pompeo Meets With UK Foreign Secretary Johnson (File)
The visit comes soon after London followed Washington’s suit and banned Chinese tech giant Huawei from installing the 5G infrastructure in the country, and vowing to dismantle the existing equipment by 2027. British authorities cited security concerns for the decision, as the US claimed that the company has used its devices to spy on behalf of the Chinese government – which both Beijing and Huawei have repeatedly denied.