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US President Obama in UK: Our relationship is ‘special’

Barack Obama and David Cameron renew a call for Libya’s Col Gaddafi to leave power, warning they will step up pressure against him.

London – The United States and Britain remain committed to supporting the so-called “Arab spring” and turning up the heat on embattled Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, President Barack Obama said Wednesday, the CNN informs. His comments came after meetings with British Prime Minister David Cameron. Obama said he intends to discuss support for democracy movements at the upcoming G8 summit due today in Deauville.

U.S President has said the relationship between the US and the UK is “special” and “stronger than it has ever been”, the BBC reports. At a joint press conference with the British PM, Obama said the two men “saw eye to eye” on a range of issues.

Cameron said they had discussed a range of subjects, including recent developments in the Middle East, including in Syria and Yemen, the fight against terrorism and the need to create jobs in the global economy. He said he had come to know the President well over the past year and had come to “value his leadership and courage”.

The British PM said the international community needed to seize the “once in a generation moment” to support pro-democracy movements in the Middle East. He said he would push for a “major programme” of political and economic support for reformist governments in the region at the G8.

Asked about the two governments’ approaches to economic recovery and deficit reduction, Cameron said both countries were committed to reducing debt levels over the next few years. President Obama said that although the pace at which they did this would differ, both shared the same goal of creating “broad-based prosperity” but also ensuring governments “lived within their means” and “never mortgaged our futures”.

Later in the day, Obama was expected to give a speech on US foreign policy at Westminster Hall – the oldest building within the Palace of Westminster – an honour usually reserved for British monarchs.

Queen Elizabeth II hosted Obama and his wife Michelle at a state dinner Tuesday night.

On a less formal note, Obama also joined Cameron in playing table tennis against two students during a visit to a local school.

Obama is in the middle of a six-day, four-nation trip to Europe that began in Ireland and will continue with stops in France and Poland.

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