The UK’s foreign secretary has said the government is “excited” about working with President-elect Joe Biden following his victory.

“We want to avoid getting sucked into domestic American politics but it is very clear now, in our view, that there is a definitive result,” Dominic Raab told the BBC’s Andrew Marr.

Raab said he hoped, under the incoming president’s leadership, the two countries would work together closely on the development and rollout of a Covid vaccine and next year’s Cop-26 climate change summit, which is being hosted by the UK.

“There is a huge bedrock of interests and values that bind our two countries… it is clear we are excited about the opportunities of working together,” he said.

The UK, he added, would “listen carefully” to US concerns about the impact of Brexit on peace in Northern Ireland.

Biden, who as vice-president under Barack Obama opposed Brexit, has warned that the 1998 Good Friday Agreement – the deal which brought to an end 30 years of violence in Northern Ireland – must “not be a casualty” of the UK’s exit from the EU.

Raab said he understood Biden, who is Irish-American, had strong feelings on the matter but said he had made clear in his visits to the US this year as foreign secretary that he felt that it was the EU, rather than the UK, which was “putting pressure” on the agreement.