Obama reaffirms U.S.-Britain alliance

08:39, May 12, 2010      

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U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday congratulated David Cameron for becoming new British prime minister, saying the strong U.S.-Britain alliance is "essential" to the security and prosperity of the two countries.

U.S. President Barack Obama calls Britain's new Prime Minister David Cameron from the White House in Washington May 11, 2010. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

President Obama called Cameron and delivered his congratulations on Tuesday afternoon shortly after the Conservative Party leader was appointed by Queen Elizabeth II as prime minister.

"As I told the Prime Minister, the United States has no closer friend and ally than the United Kingdom, and I reiterated my deep and personal commitment to the special relationship between our two countries," said Obama in a statement.

The president described the U.S.-Britain alliance as "a bond that has endured for generations and across party lines" and "is essential to the security and prosperity of our two countries and the world."

Obama said he looks forward to meeting with Cameron at the G8 and G20 meetings in June in Canada, and that the new prime minister and his wife are warmly invited to visit Washington this summer.

Obama's call was believed to be one of the first congratulation calls from the world leaders for Cameron after he replaced Gordon Brown to be the host of the Downing Street No. 10.

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