30/07/2007

Brown Arrives In US For Talks With Bush

Gordon Brown has arrived in the US for his first formal talks with US President George Bush since becoming Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister flew into the Maryland base on Sunday night ahead of the talks at Camp David.

During his flight, Mr Brown told reporters: "I want to do more to strengthen even further our relationship with the US.

"This is a partnership that is rooted in something far more fundamental and lasting than common interests or even a common history. It is our shared ideals that for two centuries have linked the destines of our two countries together."

Mr Brown also praised President Bush for his "leadership in this fight against international terrorism".

Downing Street said that the talks at Camp David are expected to cover a range of issues including the crisis in Darfur, Iraq, Afghanistan, Russia, climate change, international trade and missile defence in Europe.

Foreign Secretary David Miliband and the US Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, will also join the Prime Minister and the President for their meeting on Monday.

Following the talks, Mr Brown and President Bush will host a joint news conference at Camp David before Mr Brown moves on to Capitol Hill to meet with leading figures from the Senate and House of Representatives.

Later during his trip, Mr Brown will meet United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, and deliver a keynote speech on international relations.

(KMcA/SP)

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