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UK PM meets US president in Washington

07-21-2010 13:46 BJT

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British Prime Minister David Cameron has met with US President Barack Obama in Washington, discussing the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and Scotland's release of the Lockerbie bomber.

Cameron has turned aside US calls for an investigation into the release of the Libyan bomber and insisted that people should not confuse the oil spill with the prisoner release.

Cameron and Obama held a joint White House news conference on Tuesday. The main topics covered were the BP oil spill and the company's alleged involvement in the decision to free Pan Am Flight 103 bomber Al-Megrahi from jail last year.

Cameron also said he understood America's anger over the environmental disaster in the Gulf.

David Cameron, British Prime Minister, said, "On BP, which we discussed at some length, I completely understand the anger that exists right across America. 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."

But Cameron said the oil spill should not be linked with the release of the Lockerbie bomber, indicating there is no evidence that Scotland's decision was swayed by BP.

David Cameron, British Prime Minister, said, "I've been absolutely clear about this right from the start and in our meeting we had what we called a violent agreement which is that releasing the Lockerbie bomber, a mass murderer of 270 people, the largest act of terrorism ever committed in the United Kingdom, was completely wrong."

Obama emphasized the importance of releasing all the facts to the public.

Barack Obama, US President, said, "So we welcome any additional information that will give us insights and a better understanding of why the decision was made."

After that, Cameron met briefly with Republican House leader John Boehner and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in the Capitol.

Both Pelosi and Cameron expressed the special relationship between the US and the UK. They said the ties of history, language and culture form a strong link between both nations.


Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

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