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US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden greeted the G7 leaders on a beach in Cornwall before the start of the summit (Pictures: Getty Images)

US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill greeted Group of Seven leaders on a beach in Cornwall for the official start of the summit on Friday.

The Bidens held hands as they walked along the boardwalk by the sand. The president wore a black suit with a blue tie while the first lady wore a red dress with matching heels.

Biden cracked jokes with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, then put his arm around French President Emmanuel Macron.

Johnson gave a fist bump to Jill as his spouse Carrie Johnson and the US president laughed.

World leaders pose for socially-distanced family photo on beach for G7

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The leaders gathered at the beach for a family photo that included Biden, Johnson, Macron, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, President of the European Council Charles Michel, Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Italy’s Prime Minister Mario Draghi, the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The opening greetings and socially-distanced photo on the beach preceded a session titled ‘Building Back Better From Covid-19’, which incorporates Biden’s ‘Building Back Better’ slogan. The opening day of the gathering will also include a reception with members of the British royal family.

During the three-day summit, the world leaders are set to pledge 1billion coronavirus shots for the world. Half of the billion shots will come from the US and 100million will come from the UK.

‘We’re going to help lead the world out of this pandemic working alongside our global partners,’ Biden said on Thursday.

In addition, the G7 leaders are expected to officially endorse a minimum global tax rate of at least 15% on corporations. Biden had been pushing the initiative and it was endorsed by finance ministers of the member nations last weekend.

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