US president-elect Joe Biden speaks during a drive-in campaign event at Bucks County Community College in Bristol, Pennsylvania, US, October 24, 2020.
US president-elect Joe Biden. Image Credit: Reuters

Washington: US President-elect Joe Biden has spoken to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, leaders of three of the United States' most important European allies.

Johnson's office said the two men "discussed the close and longstanding relationship'' between the two countries and promised to strengthen those bonds in areas including trade and security. In the 25-minute call, they also promised to work on "shared priorities, from tackling climate change, to promoting democracy, and building back better from the coronavirus pandemic,'' Downing St. said.

"Build back better'' is a slogan that Biden and the British government have in common.

Johnson invited Biden to attend the COP26 climate change summit in Glasgow next November and said he looked forward to seeing him at a G-7 summit that the UK is due to host in 2021.

The French president's office released a video of Macron in his office, offering congratulations to Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris during a call on Tuesday afternoon.