Readout of Mayor Johnson’s meeting with the United Kingdom’s Minister of State for Trade Policy
DALLAS — Mayor Eric Johnson on Thursday met with the United Kingdom’s Minister of State for Trade Policy Penny Mordaunt. The United Kingdom is one of Dallas’ top trading partners.
The following is a readout of their meeting:
Mayor Johnson greeted Minister Mordaunt in the Dallas City Hall Flag Room. The minister was accompanied by the United Kingdom’s Houston Consul General Richard Hyde, Deputy Consul General Tim Cook, and the minister’s Senior Private Secretary Keziah Jones. The mayor, the minister, and the consul general posed for formal photographs in front of the flags before taking a brief tour of the Dallas City Council chambers. From there, they proceeded to the mayor’s office for their official meeting.
Mayor Johnson and Minister Mordaunt discussed the growing importance of the trade relationship with Dallas and the desire by both sides to expand their partnerships. When Minister Mordaunt expressed an interest in subnational diplomatic efforts and stated that she would like to identify potential partnership agreements, Mayor Johnson said he would like to establish memorandums of understanding to increase economic and tourism ties. The mayor also asked the minister and consul general whether any cities in the United Kingdom could enter into a “Sister City” relationship with the City of Dallas. The minister and consul general said they were already exploring the idea and looked forward to continuing that conversation.
Minister Mordaunt, Consul General Hyde, and Mayor Johnson also reaffirmed their commitment to establishing a physical presence in Dallas through an official trade office in the city.
Minister Mordaunt extended an invitation for Mayor Johnson to visit the United Kingdom. The mayor agreed, saying he would prioritize a future official visit to the country. The mayor also said he hoped to meet British Ambassador to the United States Karen Pierce again the next time he is available to do so in Washington. Consul General Hyde said such a visit would be welcome and well-received.
After a brief discussion about the implications of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Minister Mordaunt signed the mayor’s new distinguished visitors book. The meeting concluded with a gift exchange of souvenirs and perishable goods from Dallas and the United Kingdom.