The Deputy Prime Minister met with Vice President Biden in Washington DC ahead of attending the United Nations General Assembly.
They met for more than an hour at the Vice President’s residence at the Naval Observatory and discussed a wide range of issues.
The Vice President and the Deputy Prime Minister discussed the continuing crisis in Syria and the need for strong, co-ordinated action by the international community to address chemical weapons stockpiles, including through a United Nations resolution. They also discussed the need to work to restart the political process.
On Iran, the Vice President and the Deputy Prime Minister underlined the necessity of Iran responding to the international community’s concerns about its nuclear programme. They welcomed recent signals from President Rouhani that he was keen and willing to engage in substantive talks on nuclear issues and hoped progress would be made during the United Nations General Assembly.
EU-US trade deal
They discussed the extensive benefits of a successful EU-US trade deal and agreed that political leaders in the US and EU should engage actively in the negotiations beginning in October.