Obama calls new British PM Cameron

May 12, 2010 by Post Team 

Obama calls new British PM Cameron:WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama reached out to  British Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday, minutes after the Conservative Party leader took up his duties in 10 Downing Street.

Obama placed the call from his desk in the Oval Office, before a small pool of news photographers, in what amounted to one of Cameron”s first official duties after taking over from Gordon Brown as prime minister.

“Today, I was pleased to call David Cameron to extend my personal congratulations for the successful campaign that he ran and for becoming the new British prime minister,” Obama said in a written statement.

“As I told the prime minister, the United States has no closer friend and ally than the United Kingdom, and I reiterated my deep and personal commitment to the special relationship between our two countries — a bond that has endured for generations and across party lines.”

Obama said that relationship was “essential to the security and prosperity of our two countries, and the world.

“I look forward to meeting with the prime minister at the G8/G20 meetings in June, and Michelle and I invited Prime Minister Cameron and his wife Samantha to visit Washington this summer.”

The British government confirmed the invitation had been made and echoed Obama”s sentiments over the twin economic summits next month in Canada.

Obama was also expected to call former British prime minister Gordon Brown, with whom he worked to tackle the global financial crisis, in a relationship sometimes marked by awkwardness between the two governments.

“I also send my best wishes to Gordon Brown, and thank him for his friendship and his distinguished service as prime minister,” Obama said.

“He provided strong leadership during challenging times, and I have been grateful for his partnership.

“This historic election has been closely followed by the American people, and I have no doubt that the ties between our two countries will continue to thrive in the years to come.”

Source: GEO TV

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