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The UK Foreign Secretary will speak to Antony Blinken for the first time in London this evening. The meeting comes on the eve of the G7 meeting on Tuesday and the pair are set to explore ways to strengthen the “special relationship” between the two nations – including a UK-US free trade deal. The withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, Iran, climate change and the coronavirus pandemic are also set to feature heavily.

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Foreign ministers from across the G7, including Canada, France, Germany, , Japan and the EU, will attend the formal meeting tomorrow.

Progress has already been made towards a concrete free trade deal between Washington and London.

International Trade Secretary Liz Truss has been leading negotiations with her US counterparts and has already made a number of substantial breakthroughs.

In March, the two sides agreed to suspend the 25 percent tariff on Scotch whisky and other UK exports.

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Dominic RaabDominic Raab will hold talks with the US Secretary of State (Image: GETTY)

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The expensive barrier had been in place due an ongoing trade row between the US and EU, but Brexit has enabled the UK to break free from the costly measure.

The UK and US has also agreed a new joint approach to the longstanding trade conflict over aerospace tariffs.

Figures from the House of Commons library reveal the UK exported £141billion goods and services to the US in 2019, 21 percent of all exports.

Earlier this week, Ms Truss held positive talks with US Trade Representative Katherine Tai and sources suggested a wider deal could be in the offing.

Dominic RaabDominic Raab is the current Foreign Secretary (Image: GETTY)

One Whitehall insider close to Ms Truss said: “We could have a deal much quicker than first thought, it seems the Biden administration are really willing to

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