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U.S., British leaders meet over bilateral, global issues
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08:16, July 31, 2007

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U.S. President George W. Bush continued on Monday his talks with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown on issues of "shared interest and concern" at Camp David.

Speaking to reporters after his first talks with Bush at Camp David, Brown expressed belief that Britain-U.S. relations will " strengthen" in coming years.

"The United Kingdom and the United States work in a partnership that I believe will strengthen in the years to come," Brown said at a joint press conference with Bush at the U.S. presidential retreat.

In addition to bilateral ties, Iraq war and security situation in the country are one of major issues the two leaders discussed.

Brown said he shares the U.S. view that there are "duties to discharge and responsibilities to keep" in Iraq, noting "our aim, like the United States is, step-by-step, to move control to the Iraqi authorities."

The prime minister indicated that the British government would soon make a decision about troops levels in Iraq, but he assured that that decision would be based "on the military advice of our commanders on the ground," echoing language often heard from Bush.

On Iran, Brown said that he and Bush had agreed to pursue tougher sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program.

"On Iran, we''re in agreement that sanctions are working and the next stage we are ready to move towards is to toughen the sanctions with a further UN resolution."

In addition, the two leaders also agreed to "step up" pressure to end violence in Sudan''s Darfur province.

"We''re agreed on expediting the UN resolution for a joint UN- African Union peace force. We''re agreed on encouragement for early peace talks, a call to cease violence on the ground, an end to aerial bombing of civilians, and support for economic development if this happens and further sanctions if this does not happen," said Brown.

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