Liz Truss will fly to America later this month seeking to forge ties with Joe Biden’s administration if she wins the Tory leadership race and becomes prime minister.
Whoever succeeds Boris Johnson is expected to attend the United Nations General Assembly in person in New York, joining other world leaders for the annual gathering.
Ms Truss accompanied Mr Johnson on the trip last year – her first overseas visit after being promoted to foreign secretary having held the position of international trade secretary.
A face-to-face meeting with Mr Biden, the US president, would be expected, though whether a trip to Washington DC will be included is likely to be decided nearer the time.
The severity of domestic challenges the next prime minister faces has become all too clear in recent weeks as the economic situation has deteriorated during the Tory contest.
Inflation could peak at above 20 per cent. More than a year of recession is forecast. Tripling energy bills means crippling financial hardship looms for scores of families and businesses.
That backdrop is combined with the prospect of more public sector strikes, police preparations for the possibility of civil unrest and soaring NHS waiting lists and concerns.