British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak will go to Washington next week for talks with US President Joe Biden, PA Media informs.
The two leaders are expected to discuss trade issues — although the idea of a full-scale deal has fallen on the backburner since Biden replaced Donald Trump in the White House.
An official spokesman for the Prime Minister said: “The visit will provide an opportunity to continue the discussions that the Prime Minister and President Biden have held in recent months on increasing the level of cooperation and coordination between the UK and the US on economic issues. It will shape our future, including securing our supply chains and transitioning to a zero-carbon economy. It will also be an opportunity to discuss issues including maintaining our support for Ukraine as we build on the success of our G7 summit ahead of the NATO summit in July."
During the visit, on Wednesday and Thursday, Sunak will also meet with representatives of Congress and US business leaders.
While a full-scale free trade agreement (FTA) between the UK and the US is not on the agenda, the government is pushing for specific trade issues to be addressed and is also seeking closer partnerships with individual states, particularly the economic hubs of California and Texas.
"Currently, we are not seeking to conclude a free trade agreement with the United States," Sunak's representative said. Trade agreements have already been signed with North Carolina, South Carolina and Indiana, and Great Britain is negotiating with Utah and Oklahoma.
The two leaders have met frequently in recent months.
Sunak traveled to the US in March to meet in San Diego with Biden and Australian leader Anthony Albanese to agree the Aukus submarine pact, and the US prime minister and president also met in Belfast in April.
Sunak and Biden both attended the G7 summit in Japan and are expected to attend a meeting of NATO leaders in Lithuania in July.