Boris Johnson has said he “looks forward” to working with President Joe Biden as the Democrat is sworn in as the 46th President of the United States.
He also congratulated Vice-President Kamala Harris on her “historic inauguration” as she became the first woman to hold the post, as well as the first of Black and South Asian descent.
The pair were sworn in at a dialled-back ceremony in Washington DC, where the usual crowds were replaced by thousands of American flags placed across the National Mall.
“This is America’s day. This is democracy’s day. A day of history and hope,” said President Biden in his inaugural address.
“Today we triumph not of a candidate but of a cause. The cause of democracy. The people, the will of the people has been heard. And the will of the people has been heeded.”
He also led calls for unity in American politics, insisting that it wasn’t just a “foolish fantasy”.
“Let’s start afresh, all of us, let’s begin to listen to one another agin. Hear one another, show respect to one another,” he continued.
“Politics doesn’t have to be a raging fire, destroying all in its path. And we must reject the culture in which facts themselves are manufactured.”
Shortly after he was sworn in, Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted his support for the newly-elected president.
He wrote: “Congratulations to [Joe Biden] on being sworn in as President of the United States and to [Kamala Harris] on her historic inauguration.
“America’s leadership is vital on the issues that matter to us all, from climate change to COVID, and I look forward to working with President Biden.”