Biden congratulates Clegg as Britain's deputy PM

14th May 2010, Comments 0 comments

US Vice President Joe Biden congratulated British Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg on his appointment as deputy prime minister Thursday and said he looked forward to meeting the key member of the new government coalition.

Biden called and "congratulated Clegg on his new role as deputy prime minister and said he looked forward to working with the new government in the United Kingdom on the range of strategic challenges facing both countries," a White House statement said.

The two leaders "discussed the economic situation in Europe, and the need for continued decisive action to meet the challenges facing European economies," the statement added.

"The vice president said he looks forward to meeting Deputy Prime Minister Clegg in person."

Clegg was named as deputy premier in Britain's new government Tuesday, among five Lib Dem cabinet ministers in a coalition led by Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron.

US President Barack Obama called Cameron on Tuesday, moments after the new premier walked into 10 Downing Street. The following day he lavished praise on Gordon Brown's successor, calling him "smart" and "dedicated."

© 2010 AFP

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