Strong BP in interest of US and Britain: Cameron
British Prime Minister David Cameron said Tuesday he understood US anger at BP following the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster but that it was in both countries' interests for it to remain a strong and stable company.
"On BP which we discussed at some length, I completely understand the anger that exists right across America," Cameron said after his first White House talks with US President Barack Obama.
"The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is a catastrophe, for the environment, for the fishing industry, for tourism. I've been absolutely clear about that.
"And like President Obama, I've also been clear that it is BP's role to cap the leak, to clean up the mess and to pay appropriate compensation," he said.
"Equally, of course, BP is an important company to both the British and the American economies, thousands of jobs on both sides of the Atlantic depend on it. So it's in the interest of both our countries, as we agreed, that it remains a strong and stable company for the future."
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