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Wednesday
May252011

President Obama to Reaffirm US-UK Relations

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) -- President Obama wakes up Wednesday morning in London again, where he is scheduled to hold a bilateral meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron.

The two leaders will then expand their meetings to include Deputy Prime Minister Clegg and a larger meeting with the two delegations.

"The purpose of this visit is to reaffirm that relationship, to further align our approaches on all the core issues that we work with the United Kingdom on," Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes said. "And that runs the gamut from our cooperation on global economic recovery to the effort in Afghanistan, counterterrorism, our efforts in Libya, our nonproliferation agenda, and a whole host of issues that the prime minister and the president will have the opportunity to discuss."

Later in the day, the president and prime minister will attend a barbeque hosted by Mrs. Cameron and First Lady Michelle Obama to honor military families, U.S. and U.K. service members and veterans.  They will be announcing a new joint initiative focused on military families and care for veterans from both nations.

Afterwards, the president will deliver what the White House is calling the "anchor" speech of his week-long European trip to British Parliament.

"I think what he'll again underscore is both the essential nature of the U.S.-U.K. alliance as well as the broader transatlantic alliance to global security and prosperity," Rhodes said. "I think he'll speak to the fact that we've obviously come through a very difficult decade, but in some respects we're turning a corner insofar as we've successfully ended our combat mission in Iraq, removed 100,000 troops."

The president and first lady will wrap up their day hosting a dinner in the Queen's honor to "reciprocate the hospitality of Her Majesty the Queen."  The Obamas will spend their last night in London Wednesday evening.

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