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The wait to speak to Joe Biden is over for several European leaders.

The U.S. president-elect’s first call to a foreign head of government was to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday, but European leaders didn’t have to wait too long to get their turn. In fairly quick succession, Biden chatted with the leaders of the U.K., Ireland, Germany and France — although his team declined to comment on the order of the calls.

Boris Johnson confirmed on Twitter that he had spoken to Biden, whom he has never met, and said he was looking forward to working together on “shared priorities — from tackling climate change, to promoting democracy and building back better from the pandemic.”

A Downing Street spokesperson said shortly afterward that Johnson had used the call to personally invite Biden to the COP26 U.N. climate summit, to be hosted in Glasgow in November next year.

Despite the strength and history of U.K.-U.S. ties, many observers had predicted a cool relationship between Johnson and Biden, given the latter’s opposition to Brexit and the U.K. prime minister’s past comments about Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

The Downing Street spokesperson said the two leaders had “discussed the close and longstanding relationship between our countries and committed to building on this partnership in the years ahead, in areas such as trade and security — including through NATO.”

The spokesperson said Johnson had “warmly congratulated” Biden on his election as well as passing on his congratulations to Kamala Harris “on her historic achievement.”

On Brexit, Biden has previously made clear his concerns regarding the U.K. Internal Market Bill, legislation that would undercut parts of the U.K.’s exit deal with the EU and which Brussels says could undermine the Good Friday Agreement. The U.K. government maintains the legislation is necessary to guarantee unfettered trade between Northern Ireland and the rest of the U.K. — and insists it actually safeguards the peace process.

A No 10 official said Johnson and Biden had “talked about the importance of implementing Brexit in such a way that upholds the Good Friday Agreement, and the PM assured the president-elect that would be the case.”

In a statement, Biden’s team said he “expressed his desire to strengthen the special relationship and re-double cooperation on issues of mutual concern.”

Irish PM Micheál Martin said on Twitter on Tuesday that he had received a call from Biden, but deleted the tweet shortly after. The Irish government later put out a statement saying the two had a “warm conversation” and Biden “recalled his strong Irish roots and his visit to Ireland with his family in 2016.”

According to the Irish statement, the president-elect also “reaffirmed his full support for the Good Friday Agreement and they discussed the importance of a Brexit outcome that respects the Good Friday Agreement and ensures no return of a border on the island of Ireland.”

In the statement from Biden’s team, it said he “highlighted his desire to strengthen the enduring personal, cultural, and economic ties between the United States and Ireland.”

In a short statement, Angela Merkel’s spokesman said the German chancellor had “expressed the wish for close and trusting future cooperation” during her call with Biden.

At a press conference on Monday morning, Merkel said Germany and Europe recognized they needed to do more to rebalance the transatlantic relationship. On Tuesday’s call, Merkel and Biden agreed “that transatlantic cooperation is of great importance in view of the large number of global challenges,” the spokesman said.

Biden “praised” Merkel’s leadership and “welcomed the opportunity to cooperate on a shared agenda with the EU,” according to the statement from his team.

Biden also chatted with French President Emmanuel Macron, the Elysée Palace said. Macron reassured Biden and Harris “of his desire to work together” on issues such as climate, health, fighting terrorism, and defending fundamental rights.

The president-elect “expressed his desire to strengthen relations between the United States and France, its oldest ally,” and “also expressed his readiness to work together on global challenges, including security and development in Africa, the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria, and Iran’s nuclear program,” his statement said.

Shawn Pogatchnik, Rym Momtaz, Hans von der Burchard and Joshua Posaner contributed reporting.

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