Boris Johnson flies US to visit Joe Biden ahead of the United Nations General Assembly (Picture: PA)
The Prime Minister is also set to discuss climate change and the potential lifting of travel restrictions across the Atlantic when he meets President Joe Biden at the White House.
Mr Johnson will join around 100 world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly in New York this week, where he will call for ‘concrete action on coal, climate, cars and trees’.
Ahead of the visit, Mr Johnson said: ‘World leaders have a small window of time left to deliver on their climate commitments ahead of COP26.
‘My message to those I meet this week will be clear: future generations will judge us based on what we achieve in the coming months.’
The PM will be joined at the UN summit alongside COP26 president, Alok Sharma – who revealed today how Chinese President Xi Jinping had yet to commit to attending the international climate change meeting.
The agreement of China – the world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases – is seen as critical if the talks are to succeed in slowing global warming.
Mr Sharma said he was ‘very, very hopeful’ a delegation would be sent to the gathering, due to take place in Glasgow in November.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson boards RAF Voyager at Stansted Airport ahead of a meeting with US President Joe Biden in Washington (Picture: PA)
Johnson and Biden, at the G7 summit in Cornwall, will discuss the crisis in Afghanistan, climate change and the potential lifting of Covid travel restrictions (Picture: PA)
He told Sky News’s Trevor Phillips on Sunday programme: ‘There is no doubt that China is going to be part of the key to all of this. They are the biggest emitter in the world.
‘They have said to me they want the COP26 to be a success. The ball is in their court.
‘We want them to come forward and make it a success together with the rest of the world.’
Mr Johnson will also try and persuade Mr Biden that he is not jeopardising peace in Northern Ireland by threatening to suspend Brexit agreements with the European Union.
COP26 president Alok Sharma has yet to confirm if China will attend the climate crunch talks in November (Picture: AlokSharma_RDG / Twitter)
New foreign secretary Liz Truss boarding the Prime Minister’s jet on Sunday afternoon (Picture: PA)
It comes as the Prime Minister was accused of adopting a ‘more casual’ approach to Britain’s national security as MPs warned Whitehall was unable to handle more than one major crisis at a time.
The Joint Committee on National Security Strategy said the fall of Afghanistan showed the current system was ‘inadequate to the task’.
And the lack of preparation for the withdrawal of international forces from Kabul was branded a ‘systematic failure’.
New foreign secretary Liz Truss will also attend the summit in the hope of ‘making the case for deeper economic, diplomatic and security partnerships in order to help us seize the opportunities – and tackle the challenges – of the modern age’.
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