The British Prime Minister, Theresa May, has announced she will be visiting President Donald Trump in Washington on Friday.
She is most likely to be the first foreign leader to meet with the newly inaugurated US president.
May said she would be discussing trade relations, the importance of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the Syrian conflict.
“What I think is important is that when I sit down, I will talk about how I can build on this special relationship.
“He has already said to me that he wants to see a very strong relationship between the US and the UK in the future,” May said.
But she also said that she “won’t be afraid” to tell Trump if he says or does anything she feels is “unacceptable.”
May has made it clear that Britain would not remain part of the European Union’s single market.
This will commence after the UK officially pulls out of the regional bloc.
The EU single market is essentially a free-trade zone allowing the free movement of people, goods, services and capital.
Britain voted to withdraw from the union in its “Brexit” referendum in June last year.
The Brexit vote raised concerns over whether Britain’s economy will prosper outside the single market.
The US is already Britain’s second-largest trading partner by country, after Germany.
On defense, Trump recently criticized NATO as “obsolete,” and his election has raised concerns about the alliance’s future.
NATO is a military and political alliance that bridges European nations and the United States.
Russia sees the alliance as a threat to its position in the region.
Trump has signaled that he wants to see a major shift in US-Russia relations in his presidency.