Joe Biden has said he wants to strengthen the special relationship with Britain ahead of his arrival in London on his visit this week.

The US president, who will meet the Queen and attend the G7 summit in Cornwall, said he would use his upcoming meeting with Boris Johnson to "affirm the special relationship" and endorsed the prime minister’s G7 goals of tackling climate change and strengthening ties between democracies.

"In the United Kingdom, after meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson to affirm the special relationship between our nations, I will participate in the G-7 summit," he wrote in the Washington Post on Sunday.

"This group of leading democracies and economies has not met in person in two years due to the coronavirus. Ending this pandemic, improving health security for all nations and driving a robust, inclusive global economic recovery will be our top priorities."

The reference to the special relationship, an idea that commands much less attention in the US, will be read in London as a gesture of goodwill following sometimes terse exchanges between the Johnson and Biden Governments over Brexit and Northern Ireland.

Mr Biden frequently plays up his Irish heritage and signalled before he became president that he would oppose any arrangements that could jeopardise the Good Friday Agreement, to the irritation of British ministers.

During their meeting, Mr Biden is expected to warn the Prime Minister not to renege on the Northern Ireland Brexit deal.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaking to Joe Biden in January

Credit:  No10 Downing Street/ Andrew Parsons 

In as near an explicit repudiation of Donald Trump’s foreign policy as possible without mentioning the former president’s name, Mr Biden said the trip was "about realising America’s renewed commitment to our allies and partners and demonstrating the capacity of democracies to both meet the challenges and deter the threats of this new age". 

Mr Biden will meet Mr Johnson for bilateral talks on Thursday before both men attend the G7 summit in Cornwall from Friday to Sunday.

The two leaders are expected to discuss trade deals, challenges from China and Russia, and Covid travel restrictions. Major airlines in America and Britain have called on the pair to reopen transatlantic travel for this Summer.

The president and First Lady Jill Biden will meet the Queen at Windsor Castle on Sunday before travelling on to Brussels for meetings with Nato and the European Union.

The bosses of the biggest airlines in America and Britain will urge Mr Johnson and Mr Biden on Monday to use their G7 talks to reopen transatlantic travel for this Summer.

The chief executives will hold an unprecedented presentation in advance of G7 summit later this week to push for a quarantine-free travel corridor between the two nations.

Both countries currently have restrictions on non-essential travel across the Atlantic but both have forged ahead of other nations in vaccinating their adult populations.

Some senior aviation figures are arguing that the two countries should capitalise on the success by agreeing to exempt vaccinated Britons and Americans from any restrictions.

Among those at Monday’s presentation are Doug Parker, chief executive of American Airlines; Sean Doyle, chief executive of BA; Ed Bastian, Delta Airlines boss; John Holland-Kaye, chief executive of Heathrow; Scott Kirby, chief executive of United Airlines; and Shai Weiss, chief executive of Virgin Atlantic.

Mr Biden will end his trip in Geneva for a face-to-face summit with Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, on June 16.

That meeting is expected to be tense, with Mr Biden promising to question Mr Putin over Russia’s challenge to European security, aggression against Ukraine, and its failure to crackdown on ransomware gangs believed to be based in the former Soviet Union.