US secretary of state Rex Tillerson jets into London for talks with Boris Johnson
Mr Tillerson is hoping to fit in a visit to the new US embassy.
US secretary of state Rex Tillerson is flying into London for talks with Boris Johnson on a “packed” whistle-stop visit.
The Foreign Secretary and his American counterpart are expected to discuss a range of international issues, including the on-going crisis in Yemen.
Donald Trump cancelled a visit to the UK to open the new American embassy, criticising its move from Grosvenor Square in the prestigious Mayfair district of central London to an “off location” at Nine Elms, south of the Thames.
But Mr Tillerson has said he is hoping to visit the cube-shaped 12 storey glass building.
Mr Johnson is packing the agenda for his visit, “but I hope to get by the embassy”, he said.
Reason I canceled my trip to London is that I am not a big fan of the Obama Administration having sold perhaps the best located and finest embassy in London for “peanuts,” only to build a new one in an off location for 1.2 billion dollars. Bad deal. Wanted me to cut ribbon-NO!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2018
Mr Trump’s decision to cancel a visit to London will allow Theresa May to focus on Brexit, Mr Tillerson has suggested.
He told reporters last week: “President Trump was supportive of the UK’s exit from the EU.
“He still thinks that was the right decision for them.
“Britain needs to focus on those Brexit negotiations right now, which is really important to them, and I think the president realises that’s where Prime Minister May really needs to focus her attention, working through the negotiation around the exit.”
Mr Tillerson is visiting in London on a European tour that includes stop-offs in Paris, Warsaw and the World Economic Forum meeting at Davos.