January 30, 2020 / 3:11 PM / 20 days ago

Pompeo and Johnson discuss U.S.-UK free-trade deal

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo shakes hands with Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson as they meet at Downing Street in London, Britain, January 30, 2020. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/Pool

LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson discussed strengthening bilateral ties following the UK’s departure from the European Union, including negotiating a free trade deal.

Pompeo’s office said in a statement on Thursday the two had also discussed the importance of maintaining the integrity of communications networks, after Britain defied the United States by granting China’s Huawei a limited role in building its 5G network.

Reporting by Kate Holton; editing by Stephen Addison

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