London: Addressing a joint news conference in London, British PM David Cameron and US President Barack Obama, reiterated their commitment to fight terrorism and emphasised their joint values for global peace and democracy.
Speaking from Lancaster House,David Cameron said that the partnership between America and Britain was “a working partnership” and that it was “essential to our security and prosperity”. He said that getting their people jobs and keeping their people safe “are the two most important things for both our nations”.
Congratulating US President
Barack Obama for the operation against Osama bin laden in
Abbottabad, Prime Minister David Cameron said the strike
was "at the heart of international terrorism".
Cameron said both the United States and
the United Kingdom had suffered due to terrorism, and people
of both countries had died together.
Cameron, who famously said during his last year`s
visit to India that Pakistan could not "look both ways" on the
issue of terrorism, refuted claims that it was not possible to
defeat al-Qaeda and international terrorism.
"We can defeat al-Qaeda....We need to destroy terror
networks. I congratulate Barack for the operation against
Osama bin Laden, which was a strike at the heart of
international terrorism," he said.
"But let me add that Pakistan has suffered more than
any other country from terrorism. Their enemy is our enemy,"
Due to the challenges faced by Pakistan, he said it
was necessary that Britain worked with the country "more
Barack Obama expressed similar emotions when thanking Britain for an extraordinary welcome, he said that the “relationship between US and Britain is about shared ideas and values”. He said that he supported people striving for democracy and vehemently opposed the use of violence against protesters.
Obama did not mention Pakistan during his opening
statement and responses to questions, but dwelt at length on
the challenges in Libya, the Middle East and the economy.
Both agreed to "turn up the heat" in Libya without
sending in ground troops to challenge embattled Libyan leader
Bluntly stating that "Gaddafi has to go", Cameron said
here that there was no future for the country with Gaddafi in
power and both the UK and US were looking at "all options" for
"turning up the heat" on the regime.
Obama said he believed NATO forces were "turning the
corner" in Afghanistan while Cameron urged the Taliban to make
a "decisive split" with al-Qaeda if they wanted to participate
in a political dialogue and bring about stability.
The two leaders affirmed their joint resolve on the actions taken in
Libya. They voiced this stance despite complaints among some
NATO countries about the reduced US role since NATO took the
lead after the initial days of the campaign against Gaddafi.
"There will not be a let-up in the pressure we are
applying" on Gaddafi, Obama said.
But the president also said, "David and I both agree
that you can`t put boots on the ground in Libya." He said the
"enormous sacrifices" that are being born by the NATO allies
have made "a huge difference," but that ultimately this is
going to be a "slow, steady process" that eventually will sap
"We`ve been extraordinarily successful in avoiding
civilian casualties," Obama added. "That means that sometimes
we may have to be more patient than people would like."
Said Cameron, "I would agree that the two key things
here are patience and persistence." He said, "we`re extremely
strong together in wanting to see the same outcomes."
Obama also said the US is increasing pressure on
Syria`s President Bashar Assad and his regime, which has been
Earlier, Obama and his wife Michelle got a regal welcome from the queen, who has met every US president but one since the 1950s, as a 41-gun salute boomed out over London and Buckingham Palace choreographed the splendour of a state dinner.
Obama`s visit, the second stop on a European tour, comes as Britain seeks to prove its staying power despite fading military might and Washington looks to retool its decades-old alliance with Europe as a catalyst for global action.