British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and US President George W. Bush have reaffirmed their commitment to the special relationship between their two countries. Talks at Camp David near Washington focused on topics from Darfur and world trade to the fight against terrorism. They presented a common front. Bush said: “It is very important for us to defend and stand with these young democracies in Afghanistan and Iraq. I appreciate very much the British commitment in Afghanistan and Iraq.”
Brown added that the UK would honour its responsibilities in Iraq. “Terrorism is not a cause. It is a crime,” he said. “And it is a crime against humanity and there should be no safe haven and no hiding place for those who practice terrorist violence or preach terrorist extremism. Ladies and gentlemen, in Iraq we have duties to discharge and responsibilities to keep.” In talks, the two leaders also agreed on the need to pursue tougher sanctions against Iran over its nuclear programme. Brown said he believed sanctions were working.