US looking forward to working with new British PM

The US looks forward to continuing "close cooperation with whatever government emerges" in the UK.

Updated: May 08, 2010, 11:08 AM IST

Washington: Stating that the United States enjoys a very special relationship with Britain, White House on Friday said that it is looking forward to work with the new British Prime Minister.

"We look forward to working with the new Prime Minister," White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters here.

Gibbs said US President Barack Obama on Thursday afternoon saw news reports about what the likely projections of the British Parliament were.

"Obviously it is a bit fascinating to watch," he said. Meanwhile, State Department also kept a close eye on the election results.

"We are watching it closely and we look forward to continuing our close cooperation with whatever government emerges," State Department spokesman PJ Crowley said at his daily press briefing.

"This is a great day for political junkies and, I mean, it`s a testimony to vibrancy of UK`s democratic system, but the United Kingdom is our strongest international partner - shared values, shared world view, and shared responsibilities on many, many key fronts. And that is not going to change," Crowley said.

Said to be the most-contested British elections of modern times, the general elections resulted in a hung Parliament and defeat of the ruling Labour Party after 13 years in power.

The opposition Conservative Party won the maximum number of seat, but still falling short of a working majority. It is now seeking support of the Liberal Democrats to form a minority government.

PTI