Queen to in­vite Trump to Bri­tain for state visit

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Queen El­iz­a­beth will in­vite US Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump for a state visit to Bri­tain next year to try to ce­ment close ties be­tween the two coun­tries, The Sun­day Times news­pa­per said.

Cit­ing two min­is­ters and a se­nior of­fi­cial close to Down­ing Street, the Sun­day Times re­ported that dis­cus­sions be­tween Bri­tish of­fi­cials and Trump’s team would start soon to en­sure that a date could be agreed for June or July next year.

Bri­tain is keen to re­in­force its “spe­cial re­la­tion­ship” with the United States as the gov­ern­ment of Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May pre­pares to leave the Euro­pean Union, a di­vorce that will shape the coun­try’s stand­ing in the world. Trump in­vited May to visit him as soon as pos­si­ble dur­ing their first tele­phone call since his elec­tion vic­tory, the Bri­tish prime min­is­ter’s of­fice has said. Aides for May have said as yet there is no date for the trip.

The Sun­day Times said the Bri­tish gov­ern­ment hopes that an of­fi­cial state visit will be its “se­cret weapon” for ce­ment­ing ties af­ter Trump met lead­ing Brexit cam­paigner Nigel Farage ear­lier this month - the first Bri­tish politi­cian to do so.

The news­pa­per also said the pres­i­dent-elect told May dur­ing their phone call last week that his late Scot­tish mother was a “big fan” of the Queen and asked the prime min­is­ter to pass on his best wishes to her.

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