New British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and his American counterpart, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, reaffirm the special relationship between the two nations as Kerry visits London for the first time since Britons voted to leave the European Union last month. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday (July 19) that the United States needs a united and engaged Britain as an ally, as he visited London for the first time since Britons voted to leave the European Union last month. "The United States of America depends on a strong United Kingdom. We mean united and it depends also on an engaged United Kingdom," Kerry told reporters at a joint news conference with his newly appointed British counterpart Boris Johnson. Kerry is making his first visit to the city since Britain voted last month to leave the European Union. Johnson was appointed Britain's foreign minister by new premiere Theresa May last week, having led the campaign to encourage the British public to leave the European Union. Along with Kerry, Johnson will meet peers from Germany, France, Italy and the European Union in London to discuss Syria's five-year conflict, which has spurred the rise of Islamic State, sucked in regional and major powers and created the world's worst refugee crisis.