Obama to host Cameron next week at White House

10th January 2015, Comments 0 comments

President Barack Obama will host British Prime Minister David Cameron at the White House on Thursday and Friday to discuss a broad range of issues including counterterrorism.

The Islamic State group, Ebola and Russia's incursions into Ukraine will all be on the table, the White House said, hailing the "enduring special relationship" between the two countries.

On Thursday, the pair will have a working dinner, before meeting in the Oval Office on Friday.

The White House statement made no explicit mention of the attacks in France that left 17 people dead this week, but said Obama and Cameron -- who are believed to enjoy close working ties -- will discuss counterterrorism efforts and IS extremists.

"The United Kingdom is a uniquely close friend and steadfast ally, and the president looks forward to beginning the New Year by working with Prime Minister Cameron on these issues and reaffirming the enduring special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom," the White House statement said.

Britain has been one of Washington's chief partners in the US-led bombing raids of the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.

Economic growth, international trade, cybersecurity and Iran will also be on the weighty agenda in next week's talks.

Cameron, who will be hoping that the high-profile trip gives him a bump in approval ratings ahead of May's general election, previously visited the White House in May 2013 and in March 2012.

Underlining the close nature of the relationship between Obama and Cameron, the prime minister told the Daily Mail tabloid earlier this month that the president calls him "bro."

But while the two leaders have also demonstrated a common front in demanding pro-Russian troops get out of Ukraine, they have not always been so closely in sync.

In December, after a US Senate report revealed brutal CIA interrogation methods of Al-Qaeda suspects, the prime minister said: "Those of us who want to see a safer, more secure world want to see extremism defeated.

"We won't succeed if we lose our moral authority."

© 2015 AFP

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