British and German leaders discuss security, EU budget

31st October 2010, Comments 0 comments

The leaders of Britain and Germany were due to discuss the security alert over two plane bombs as well as the recent wrangle over the EU budget during informal talks outside London Sunday, officials said.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived on Saturday evening with her husband Joachim Sauer for a two-day visit to British Prime Minister David Cameron's country residence at Chequers, outside London.

Her visit coincided with a major security alert sparked by the discovery of two parcel bombs on US-bound planes in Britain and Dubai, the British package having been transported from Yemen via a German airport.

It also came after Cameron claimed Friday to have secured a deal to keep the European Union budget in line with reduced national budgets, after wrangling among EU leaders in Brussels.

"In their talks tonight and tomorrow morning the prime minister and chancellor are expected to discuss the importance of a fiscally responsible EU Budget, preparations for the G20 Summit in Seoul, the campaign in Afghanistan and other foreign policy issues," Cameron's spokeswoman said late Saturday.

"We would also expect the prime minister and the chancellor to cover counter-terrorism cooperation."

© 2010 AFP

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