Oil disaster not 'a source of tension' with Britain: US

10th June 2010, Comments 0 comments

The US dismissed Thursday the notion that the ongoing oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico involving British energy giant BP had become a source of diplomatic tension between the two countries.

"I don't see it as a source of tension," US State Department spokesman Philip Crowley told journalists.

"BP is a private company and this is about the impact of the tragedy... not about the relations between the United States and its closest ally.

"The British people understand the frustration and anger the American people are seeing in this. It is not going to affect our relationship," Crowley said.

British Prime Minister David Cameron said earlier he plans to discuss BP's handling of the spill with US President Barack Obama within days, as fears grew of an anti-British backlash in the US.

Cameron is expected to talk to Obama Saturday or Sunday as the British oil giant and its chief executive Tony Hayward face mounting pressure over its response to the worst environmental disaster in US history.

© 2010 AFP

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