British Prime Minister David Cameron is in Washington for his first meeting as leader with President Barack Obama.
It comes at a time when the BP oil spill has made “British” rather a dirty word in some circles, and when both countries are re-assessing their role in the war in Afghanistan.
“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. And like President Obama I’ve also been clear that it is BP’s role to cap the leak, to clean up the mess and to pay appropriate compensations,” said Cameron.
Obama underlined the transatlantic “special relationship” was very much alive, and that the US and Britain stood side by side on a range of international issues. Cameron also announced he had ordered a review into the freeing of the Lockerbie bomber, in which BP has been implicated.