U.S. - U.K. Relations
U.S. - U.K. Relations
21 April 2014 Deputy Secretary of State William Burns Travel to the United Kingdom (state.gov) Deputy Secretary William Burns will travel April 22-23 to London where he will meet with senior United Kingdom government officials and representatives of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to discuss bilateral and other foreign policy issues, including the crisis in Ukraine and the current situation in the Middle East and North Africa.
16 April 2014 F-35 Lightning II jet to make maiden British flight (via gov.uk) The F-35 Lightning II will make its international debut in July at the Royal International Air Tattoo in Fairford and in the same month will also fly at the Farnborough International Air Show. This will be the first time the combat aircraft has flown outside of the United States.
• USAF Fact Sheet: F-35A Lightning II Conventional Takeoff and Landing Variant (via AF.mil)
31 March 2014 UK Delegation from London visits U.S. Aircraft Carrier USS Truman The Defense Attaché Office (DAO) London hosted a group of 8 Distinguished Visitors from London on a trip to the USS TRUMAN (CVN 75) which was conducting flight operations in the Mediterranean. This visit was conducted as the UK is currently in the process of regenerating it’s carrier fleet and the U.S. and UK are working closely to ensure a smooth and efficient transition for the UK’s Queen Elizabeth II aircraft carriers.
27 March 2014 British, U.S. Defense Leaders Discuss Ukraine, NATO U.S. and United Kingdom defense leaders reiterated that there must be consequences for Russia following President Vladimir Putin’s forced annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.
26 March 2014 Press Briefing by Hagel, U.K. Defense Minister Hammond
16 March 2014 United States Rejects Crimea Referendum, Calls it Destabilizing The United States rejects the March 16 Crimean secession referendum and calls Russia’s military actions in the Ukrainian region “dangerous and destabilizing.” ... The White House has announced Vice President Joseph Biden will travel to Poland and Lithuania March 17-19 to meet with regional leaders and discuss the events in Ukraine and priority security issues.
14 March 2014 Kerry, Russia’s Lavrov Discuss Crimean Crisis
Secretary of State John Kerry says a referendum on the future of
Ukraine’s Crimean region is effectively a backdoor annexation of Crimea
into Russia. The United States entered the talks to ask Russia to have
the Crimea referendum postponed and select other diplomatic options.
Western nations proposed a contact group of nations to discuss solutions
to the crisis.
• Kerry's Press Availability in London on Ukraine
14 March 2014 Background Briefing on Secretary Kerry's Trip to London
12 March 2014 Secretary Kerry Travels to London At the direction of President Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to London, U.K., on March 14 to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to discuss the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.
08 March 2014 Obama's Calls on Ukraine with 6 European Leaders The President spoke separately with Prime Minister Cameron, President Hollande, and Prime Minister Renzi today about Ukraine. The President welcomed the strong, unified stance of the United States and the European Union regarding Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine, including in the conclusions of the March 6 European Council. The leaders reiterated their grave concern over Russia’s clear violation of international law and reaffirmed their support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
05 March 2014 Readout of the President’s Call with Prime Minister Cameron of the United Kingdom As part of our continuing close consultations on shared security challenges, the President spoke to Prime Minister Cameron today regarding the events unfolding in Ukraine The leaders expressed their grave concern over Russia’s clear violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity, and both noted that the current circumstances are unacceptable.
04 March 2014 The Discrete Diplomat - Our Timberline Column (via Tumblr) "I took some flak from my colleagues after my previous column, in which I outlined three reasons for secrecy (good manners, internal debate, negotiating) for leaving out the biggest reason: protecting sources. I only partly agree with that because I was writing about why we produce secrets rather than why we keep them, but I take the point that protecting sources is also important to our work and also needs explaining."
25 February 2014 Roundtable with U.S. Secretary Kerry, UK Foreign Secretary Hague on Ending and Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Situations Transcript of the event, State Department, Washington DC
19 February 2014 Diplomats and Secrets - Our Timberline Column "As diplomats, our jobs is to interpret and work with issues that are often finely balanced and immensely complex. Whilst we at U.S. Embassy London love working with Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other social media, sometimes there just isn’t enough space to say what we really want. Some issues deserve a deeper, more nuanced and considered response. The Timberline Column is our effort to share that with you."
13 February 2014 Officials Meet in London to Address Illegal Wildlife Trade The United States was among the many nations represented at the London Conference on the Illegal Wildlife Trade. Members of the U.S. delegation communicated President Obama’s strong commitment to addressing wildlife trafficking.
01 February 2014 Hagel's Meeting in Munich with U.K. Defense Secretary As part of the Munich Security Conference, Secretary Hagel met this morning with UK Defence Secretary Philip Hammond. Both leaders stressed their shared commitment to each other and to the close and abiding military relationship we share.
• Secretary of State Kerry, Secretary of Defence Hagel at Munich Conference on Security, Diplomacy Issues
31 January 2014 Submission to the UK Parliament on the State of the Special Relationship (via gov.uk)
30 January 2014 Press release: DHS News Release Re Sentencing of British Sex Offender A United Kingdom citizen was convicted and sentenced Wednesday to five years in prison for sexually abusing children to produce child pornography, following a joint investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, the Dorset Police, and the National Crime Agency’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command. Mark Luscombe, 29, of Verwood, England, was sentenced Jan. 29 to five years in prison at Bournemouth Crown Court.
27 January 2014 U.K.-U.S. Agreement Focuses on Health Information Technology Use U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and United Kingdom Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt have signed a bilateral agreement for the use and sharing of health information technology and tools.
16 January 2014 Readout of the President’s Call with Prime Minister Cameron (via Whitehouse.gov) On Syria, the Leaders affirmed their commitment to the Geneva II process and addressed the growing humanitarian crisis caused by the conflict. ... The President expressed support for the Prime Minister’s ongoing efforts to encourage the leaders of Afghanistan and Pakistan to take concrete steps toward peace and stability. The two leaders also discussed the results of the all-party talks among Northern Ireland’s political parties and they stressed the need for Northern Ireland’s political parties to agree to concrete next steps on the Haass proposals, implement the Building a United Community initiative, and more broadly, continue to advance progress on the peace process in Northern Ireland. President Obama also updated the Prime Minister on the ongoing U.S. signals intelligence review and both leaders noted the intensive dialogue that the United States and United Kingdom have had on these issues, at all levels.
08 January 2013 RAF Lakenheath press release: Four Airmen killed in USAF helicopter crash Four Airmen were killed in a U.S. Air Force HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter crash at about 6 p.m. yesterday near Salthouse on the Norfolk coast. U.S. military officials are coordinating the recovery efforts with the U.K. police and the Ministry of Defence. The authorities have secured the crash site and established a cordon.
12 December 2013 Two British Nationals Plead Guilty to Terrorism-Related Charges in New Haven Federal Court Babar Ahmad and Syed Talha Ahsan pleaded guilty today in New Haven federal court to conspiring to provide and providing material support, including funds, personnel and physical items, to terrorists. The charges stem from their involvement in, and operation of, “Azzam Publications,” an entity in London that provided material support to the Chechen mujahideen, the Taliban and associated terrorist groups.
12 December 2013 Ethiopia Partners with G8 to Improve Land Governance The governments of Ethiopia, the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany announced a partnership December 9 to improve rural land governance to support economic growth in Ethiopia and protect the land rights of local citizens.
15 November 2013 NATO Secretary General announces dates for 2014 Summit (via NATO.int) " I am pleased to announce that the next NATO Summit will take place on September 4‑5, 2014. I also welcome the recent announcement by the British Prime Minister David Cameron that the UK will host NATO Heads of State and Government in South Wales."
12 November 2013 Readout of the President’s Call with Prime Minister Cameron of the UK The President and Prime Minister Cameron spoke today as part of their ongoing discussions on shared security interests, including Iran, Afghanistan, and Syria. … The United States values its special relationship and alliance with the United Kingdom, and the two leaders will continue to consult on important security matters affecting both our countries, and the world.
30 October 2013 Secretary Kerry at Dedication of Winston Churchill Bust in U.S. Capitol "We are sometimes – all of us, as we know too well – separated by
oceans, and we are sometimes separated by political party or by
ideology. But this bust will remind us of the bridges that we must build
to span the gaps so that the work of democracy can continue, so that
together we might fulfill the solemn duty to carry forward the cause of
freedom and fundamental rights, and so that we can strengthen our
alliances mindful that in a world far more complex than even Winston
Churchill could’ve ever imagined or predicted, progress comes only when
we pursue it together."
• Winston Churchill Honored at U.S. Capitol
• Winston Churchill: A U.K. Statesman with Anglo-American Roots
22 October 2013 Kerry: Friends of Syria Seek November Peace Conference Secretary of State John Kerry says he is hopeful that new Geneva
talks can begin in November to resolve the 2½-year Syrian civil war and
lead to a transitional government. Diplomats from 11 Western and Middle Eastern nations met for two days in London to develop plans
for a peace conference and also to encourage opposition groups to
participate in a negotiated settlement. The conference was hosted by
British Foreign Secretary William Hague.
• Kerry on London 11's Meeting on Syria
• Final Communiqué from London 11 Meeting on Syria
22 October 2013 The Shape of a New International Climate Agreement Remarks by Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern at Chatham House, London, United Kingdom.
21 October 2013 Preview of Secretary Kerry’s London 11 Meeting on Syria
17 October 2013 Secretary Kerry Travel to Europe, October 21-24 In London, the Secretary will attend the London 11 ministerial meeting with key international partners and Syrian Coalition leadership to review progress towards convening the Geneva Conference on Syria.
14 October 2013 Secretary Kerry's Remarks With UN Special Representative Lakhdar Brahimi Following Their Meeting "Special Representative Brahimi and I agree, as do many others, that there is no military solution in Syria, and we believe it is urgent to set a date, convene the conference, and work towards a new Syria. … There has to be a new governing entity in Syria in order to permit the possibility of peace."
11 October 2013 Secretary Kerry Travel to Afghanistan, France, United Kingdom Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Kabul, Afghanistan on October 11 to meet with Afghan President Hamid Karzai. Secretary Kerry will then travel on October 12 to Paris, France and London, UK
01 October 2013 Agricultural Sustainability - The U.S. Approach A sustainability seminar by the U.S. Department of Agriculture with speaker materials available in PDF form.
12 September 2013 Remarks by Ambassador Barzun at the Britishamerican Business Gala Dinner
10 September 2013 Readout of President Obama’s Calls with French President Hollande and British Prime Minister Cameron This morning, the President spoke separately with French President Hollande and British Prime Minister Cameron. They agreed to work closely together, and in consultation with Russia and China, to explore seriously the viability of the Russian proposal to put all Syrian chemical weapons and related materials fully under international control in order to ensure their verifiable and enforceable destruction.
09 September 2013 Secretary Kerry's Remarks With United Kingdom Foreign Secretary Hague
05 September 2013 Secretary Kerry's Travel to Lithuania, France, and the United Kingdom Secretary Kerry will travel to Lithuania, which currently holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, on September 6. On September 7, Secretary Kerry will meet in Vilnius with senior Lithuanian government officials to discuss a range of issues... … Secretary Kerry will travel to France on September 7. … On September 8, Secretary Kerry will also meet with representatives of the Arab League. Secretary Kerry will then travel to the United Kingdom.
27 August 2013 Biden's Call with U.K. Deputy Prime Minister Clegg Vice President Biden spoke with Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Nick Clegg today by phone to discuss their grave concern about the reported use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime against civilians near Damascus on Wednesday, August 21.
23 July 2013 Five Nations Pursue New Level of Security Collaboration
Top national security officials from five English-speaking nations
gathered in California to discuss how they might improve their
long-standing cooperation to counter “new and evolving threats,”
according to U.S. Secretary for Homeland Security Janet Napolitano.
Greeting the gathering of ministers from Australia, Canada, New
Zealand and the United Kingdom, Napolitano said governments must be
prepared to counter threats from transnational criminal organizations,
terrorist groups and “those seeking to damage or disrupt critical
infrastructure and infiltrate the systems that control such networks.”
• Homeland Security Secretary at Five-Country Meeting
22 July 2013 Chargé d’Affairs Barbara Stephenson congratulates the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their son "I was absolutely delighted to hear the news of the newest addition to the Royal Family. I would like to congratulate the proud parents on the birth of their healthy baby boy and Her Majesty the Queen on another great grandchild."
13 June 2013 Statement by Secretary Kerry On the Occasion of the Official Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II "As you mark this special day with the spectacular Trooping the Colour ceremony, it is with deep respect and admiration that I extend congratulations to Her Majesty the Queen and to the British people."
12 June 2013 Secretary of State John Kerry And British Foreign Secretary William Hague After Their Meeting "I also want to applaud Prime Minister Cameron and Foreign Secretary Hague for their important leadership in the lead-up to the G-8. The UK is helping to take a lead on an important initiative to prevent sexual violence in conflict areas around the world. We met in London on that as a prep leading up to the G-8, and the Foreign Secretary convened a very important gathering and I think there was some important progress made in our discussions there. And we stood together in April, the G-8 foreign ministers, to affirm what will lead into the meetings in Ireland, Northern Ireland."
23 May 2013 Statement by President Obama on the Attack in London "I condemn in the strongest terms the appalling attack against a British service member in Woolwich on May 22. The United States stands resolute with the United Kingdom, our ally and friend, against violent extremism and terror. "
22 May 2013 State Department on Attack in London, Woolwich
13 May 2013 Obama, U.K.'s Cameron Discuss G8 Summit, Regional Issues The United States and Britain reaffirmed a commitment to global
development in helping to eradicate an array of economic, health and
food problems, President Obama says. British Prime Minister David Cameron met with Obama in the Oval
Office at the White House to discuss trade and economic
cooperation, Syria, countering terrorism and priorities for the upcoming
Group of Eight (G8) Summit in Northern Ireland, which Cameron will
• Obama, UK Prime Minister Cameron's Joint Press Conference
13 May 2013 U.K.'s Prince Harry Meets Wounded Soldiers at U.S. Hospital The Walter Reed National Military Medical Center here has hosted celebrities, heads of state, sports stars, and now royalty, as Britain’s Prince Harry paid a visit to encourage wounded warriors and learn about the cutting-edge treatments being used to care for them.
08 May 2013 Statement by the Press Secretary on the Visit of Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom On Monday, May 13, President Obama will welcome Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to the White House. The visit will highlight the fundamental importance of the U.S.-UK relationship -- a relationship through which together we address a broad range of shared global and regional security concerns
02 May 2013 Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Secretary of State for Defence of the United Kingdom Philip Hammond
Joint Press Conference with Secretary Hagel and Secretary Hammond from the Pentagon
15 April 2013 President
Obama Announces Presidential Delegation to the United Kingdom of Great
Britain and Northern Ireland to Attend the Funeral of Baroness Margaret
• Lady Margaret Thatcher
Secretary Kerry in London 10-11 April
11 April 2013 G8 Foreign Ministers Discuss Sexual Violence, Mideast Peace Foreign ministers from the Group of Eight (G8) advanced economies concluded two days of talks in London on an array of issues, including the prevention of sexual violence in conflict, the Middle East peace process, nonproliferation and disarmament, and significant regional concerns.
11 April 2013 G8 Foreign Ministers' meeting statement The G8 Foreign Ministers have issued a joint statement following their meeting on 10 and 11 April 2013 in London.
11 April 2013 Photos from the G8 Foreign Ministers ministerial:
- Family photo of the #G8 Foreign Ministers meeting in London today
- Secretary Kerry walking in Green Park in between meetings with the G8 Foreign Ministers
- Angelia Jolie entering the G8 Ministerial Summit venue. She is there to highlight the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PSVI) agenda item
- The Lady Thatcher condolence book as signed by Secretary Kerry and the other G8 Foreign Ministers
- Secretary Kerry signs a condolence book for former British Prime Minister, Lady Thatcher
- Secretary of Kerry greets UK Foreign Secretary William J Hague at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO)
- Secretary Kerry meets Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov in London
03 April 2013 Secretary Kerry to Travel to London and Northeast Asia From the State Dept daily press brief of 03 April: "...April 10th and 11th he will be back up in London at the G-8 Foreign
Ministers Meetings. He’ll also have some bilateral meetings on the
• Secretary Kerry to Meet with Israeli, Palestinian Leaders
G8 foreign ministers’ meeting (Gov.uk) On 10 and 11 April 2013, the Foreign Secretary William Hague will host his counterparts from the G8 countries. They will meet for the G8 foreign ministers’ meeting at Lancaster House in London.
10 April 2013 The U.S. House of Representatives has passed by unanimous consent Resolution 141 honoring Lady Thatcher (PDF via TheHill.com)
12 March 2013 Cyrus Cylinder: Ancient Persia Foreshadowed Modern Values The Cyrus Cylinder has left its British Museum repository for its first U.S. tour, beginning at the Smithsonian Institution’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington. “The Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia” showcases this 2,600-year-old archeological treasure amid other artifacts from the Achaemenid Empire (550–331 B.C.) founded by the Persian ruler Cyrus the Great.
07 March 2013 Remarks by Deputy Secretary Burns at the Friends of Yemen Ministerial "All of us know that political renewal alone will not suffice. It must be coupled with concrete steps on economic reform and development. The United States strongly backs Yemen’s accession to the World Trade Organization and participation in the G-8 Deauville Partnership with Arab Countries in Transition. Together, these initiatives will integrate Yemen into regional and global markets, improve the business climate, accelerate economic activity, and secure a more prosperous and hopeful future for all Yemenis."
05 March 2013 U.S. Participation in the London Friends of Yemen Meeting (State.gov) On March 7, Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns will lead the U.S. delegation to the Friends of Yemen ministerial meeting in London, United Kingdom.
25 February 2013 Prime Minister Cameron's meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Kerry (Downing Street) "Prime Minister Cameron and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry discussed their shared priorities of securing an EU-US trade deal and how the UK and U.S. could work together to build support for a deal on both sides of the Atlantic. "
21 February 2013 Kerry Travels to Europe, Middle East for Talks Secretary of State John Kerry, on his first international trip since becoming secretary earlier in February, will meet with world leaders for discussions on a wide range of issues, from Europe and Afghanistan to Mali and Syria and to Middle East peace. Kerry will meet first with senior British officials in London before traveling to Berlin, where he’ll discuss trans-Atlantic issues with German officials.
19 February 2013 Secretary of State John Kerry's Travel to Europe and the Middle East "The Secretary will travel first to London, the United Kingdom, where he will meet with senior British officials to discuss the range of bilateral and global issues on which we are closely coordinating."
05 February 2013 Remarks by Dr. Jill Biden at Wounded Warriors Reception at Winfield House
• Photos of the Reception are on Flickr.
(Photo credit = "U.S. Embassy photographer")
31 January 2013 Press Release : Schedule of Vice President Biden's Trip to Europe
31 January 2013 Briefing on Vice President Biden's Trip to Europe "Finally, we get to Monday evening. The meetings are Tuesday. Tuesday morning, the Vice President and Dr. Biden will visit with our embassy staff. And then the Vice President will go to 10 Downing Street. He’ll have a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Clegg followed by a working lunch with Prime Minister Cameron. And then the Vice President will join a meeting of the United Kingdom’s National Security Council, chaired by Prime Minister Cameron. There again, I would expect the issues to be many of the ones he will have covered in meetings with Chancellor Merkel and President Hollande, including Syria, Afghanistan, North Africa, Iran, and the economic relationship between the United States and Europe, which is a very good segue to my friend and colleague Mike Froman."
25 January 2013 Assistant Secretary for Conflict and Stabilization Operations Travels to Brussels and London Assistant Secretary for Conflict and Stabilization Operations Rick Barton will travel to Brussels, Belgium, January 27-29 and to London, England, January 30-February 1. In London, Assistant Secretary Barton will co-host the Stabilization Leaders Forum with Lindy Cameron, the Director of the UK’s Stabilisation Unit. The Forum will cover conflict prevention, response, and civilian capacity.
23 January 2013 Vice President Biden, Dr. Jill Biden to Travel to Germany, France and the United Kingdom In London, the Vice President will meet with Prime Minister David Cameron, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, and other members of the Cabinet. At all stops, the Vice President will discuss with key leaders a full range of bilateral, regional and global issues.
18 January 2013 Panetta in London on U.S. Defense Policy Remarks by Secretary of Defense Panetta at King's College London.
18 January 2013 via 10 Downing Street - Prime Minister Cameron's Meeting with Defense Secretary Panetta "”Earlier the PM met the US Secretary of State for Defence, Leon Panetta, at Downing Street. The PM told Mr Panetta that he greatly appreciated the strong working relationship that Britain has enjoyed with Mr Panetta during his time in office at the Pentagon and CIA."
18 January 2013 Panetta Urges New Focus for NATO As the International Security Assistance Force transitions to a sustaining role in Afghanistan by the end of 2014, will NATO retreat from its responsibilities, or innovate to develop and share the capabilities needed to meet growing, global security challenges? Defense Secretary Panetta delivered a speech at King's College here today, built around that question.
18 January 2013 Secretary of Defense Panetta Arrives in London With Speech, Meetings Scheduled Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta arrived in London for the last scheduled stop on his weeklong tour of European capitals, which also has taken him to Lisbon, Portugal; Madrid and Rome.
17 January 2013 Readout of the President's Call with Prime Minister Cameron of the United Kingdom The leaders expressed support for the international community’s efforts, led by France, to deny terrorists a safehaven in Mali. The Prime Minister set forth his thinking on UK-EU relations in light of his upcoming speech.
17 January 2013 The United States and United Kingdom Joint Statement on the Global Positioning System The United States and United Kingdom issued a joint statement regarding Global Positioning System Intellectual Property today which affirmed their commitment to ensuring that GPS civil signals remain perpetually free and openly available for users worldwide. The joint statement also affirms the commitment of both the United States and United Kingdom to even deeper space cooperation across a range of civil and defense-related challenges and opportunities.
14 January 2013 Press Briefing by Secretary Panetta en route to Lisbon, Portugal " This is -- as you all know -- likely my last international trip as secretary of defense. And as I mentioned to you, as a -- as a son of Europe, it's appropriate that this last trip would take me back to Europe. We're going to be going to Portugal and Spain, Italy, and then Great Britain. "
10 January 2013 Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta Jacobson Travels to Spain, the United Kingdom, and Belgium Assistant Secretary Jacobson will travel to London on January 16. She will meet with senior British government officials to discuss bilateral and global issues. She will review cooperation in the region since December 2011, when bilateral consultations on Latin American and Caribbean issues last took place.
09 January 2013 Media Roundtable with Philip Gordon, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs "I am delighted to be back in London where I’m going to have consultations with representatives from the British Government on a wide range of issues, as is our wont. We’re obviously in very close touch with our U.K. counterparts, but it had been a while since I had been in London and I wanted to come here and get a feel for the debates going on and British perspectives on a wide range of things."
07 January 2013 Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Philip H. Gordon will travel to the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and Ireland January 7-11 Assistant Secretary Gordon will travel to London on January 9, where he will meet with senior British government officials to discuss a range of bilateral and global issues . At the start of the United Kingdom’s G8 presidency, Assistant Secretary Gordon will also meet with senior officials to review our broad cooperation in that forum, as well as in the G20, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and the European Union (EU).
18 December 2012 Summary of Obama's Video Conference with PM Cameron The President and British Prime Minister David Cameron spoke today by video conference, as a part of their regular consultations on a range of strategic issues. The Prime Minister took the opportunity to personally express his condolences to the community of Newtown and the American people regarding the tragic violence at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
17 October 2012 Assistant Secretary for Political-Military Affairs Andrew J Shapiro's Travel to the United Kingdom, Iraq, and Jordan In London, Assistant Secretary Shapiro met with senior officials on a wide range of political-military issues, including counter-piracy and further expansion of security cooperation through the new U.S.-U.K. Defense Trade Cooperation Treaty, which entered into force earlier this year.
05 October 2012 Statement by the U.S. Embassy on the Extradition of Five Terrorism Suspects to the U.S. for Trial The United States is pleased that the UK judicial authorities approved the extraditions of Abu Hamza al-Masri, Adel Abdul Bary, Khalid al-Fawwaz, Babar Ahmad, and Syed Talha Ahsan to the United States to
face prosecution in U.S. courts on terrorism charges. These individuals are being transferred to the United States.
• Fact Sheet: On extradition of 5 Terrorism Suspects to U.S.: Procedures, Legal rights and Sentencing
• Fact Sheet: On Extradition of 5 Terrorism Suspects to U.S.: Information on Charges
28 September 2012 Princess Anne Unveils U.K Memorial to WWII U.S. Airmen Princess Anne, the Princess Royal, officially dedicated three memorial stones for U.S. visiting forces at the Greenham Business Park in Greenham Common, England. The three-part memorial is in remembrance of 16 airmen killed when two B-17 Flying Fortresses collided above Greenham Common on December 15, 1944; 33 service members who died three days earlier when their Horsa glider crashed on takeoff at the base; and all American servicemen who were based locally and lost their lives in World War II.
18 September 2012 ISAF clarifies information on partnering with ANSF (via NATO.int) Recent media coverage regarding a change in ISAF's model of Security Force Assistance (SFA) to the Afghan National Security Forces is not accurate. ISAF remains absolutely committed to partnering with, training, advising and assisting our ANSF counterparts. The ISAF SFA model is focused at the battalion level and above, with exceptions approved by senior commanders. Partnering occurs at all levels, from Platoon to Corps. This has not changed.
01 September 2012 Head of U.S. Delegation Praises Paralympic Movement U.S. Army General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and leader of the U.S. delegation to the 2012 Paralympic Games, addressed an audience in London’s historic Hospital Club August 30 on the importance of the Paralympics and the value of the games to the world’s physically challenged athletes.
30 August 2012 Discus Thrower Leads U.S. Athletes into Paralympics “You know, we’re little powerhouses in … a smaller body,” said discus thrower Scott Danberg, explaining the Dwarf Class in which he will compete in the London Paralympics.
30 August 2012 U.S. Wheelchair Tennis Team to Raise Rackets at Paralympics An American injured while skiing experimented with tennis as a wheelchair sport. Wheelchair tennis first appeared as an Olympic event in 1992.
30 August 2012 U.S. Service Members Onstage, Behind Scenes at Paralympics As athletes come together in London for the 2012 Paralympic Games, members of the U.S. armed services are represented both in competition and lending a hand in the massive organizational undertaking.
29 August 2012 Nations Come Together for 2012 Paralympics This year’s Paralympics are expected to be the largest in a history that dates back to 1948 with a small group of disabled British World War II veterans.
22 August 2012 President’s Call with Prime Minister Cameron The President conveyed his concerns about the increasingly dire humanitarian situation in Syria, and the need for more countries to contribute to the United Nations Syria humanitarian appeals.
12 August 2012 President Obama's Call with U.K. Prime Minister Cameron President Obama called Prime Minister Cameron today to congratulate him and the people of the United Kingdom and London on an extremely successful Olympic games
27 July 2012 Remarks by the First Lady at a Breakfast to Honor the U.S. Olympic Team
• Photos of the event are on Flickr!
27 July 2012 Michelle Obama Leads U.S. Delegation to London Olympics Leading the U.S. delegation to the 2012 Olympic Games, first lady Michelle Obama visited Team USA’s training facility and hosted a Let’s Move event at the American ambassador’s residence in London. She was scheduled to attend the Olympics Opening Ceremony and will remain in the United Kingdom for three days.
18 July 2012 Panetta Lauds First International F-35 Delivery to U.K. British Defense Secretary Philip Hammond will take the first international delivery of an F-35 Joint Strike Fighter in Fort Worth, Texas, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta told reporters during a press conference alongside his British counterpart at the Pentagon.
18 July 2012 Joint Press Conference with Secretary Panetta and Secretary of State Hammond from the Pentagon Delivery of the first F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), the situation in Syria, Iran and future threats and security challenges.
11 July 2012 U.S. Helps Protect Western Hemisphere from Drug Smugglers In two separate actions, U.S. Navy and Coast Guard personnel recently stopped suspected drug-smuggling vessels in Caribbean waters and in the Pacific Ocean, seizing drug shipments worth a combined $19 million, according to the U.S. Southern Command.
22 June 2012 U.S. Presidential Delegation to 2012 Olympics Opening President Obama announced the Presidential Delegation to the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games in London. First Lady Michelle Obama will lead the delegation this summer, accompanied by Olympic and Paralympic greats to attend the Opening Ceremony, meet with U.S. athletes, and encourage American children to be active in their daily lives.
11 June 2012 State's Gottemoeller on Freeing World of Nuclear Weapons Remarks by Rose Gottemoeller, Acting Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security, at the Joseph Rotblat Memorial Lecture, Hay Festival, Hay-on-Wye, Wales, United Kingdom.
05 June 2012 Summary of Obama's Call with British Prime Minister Cameron The President spoke today by phone with British Prime Minister Cameron, continuing their regular and close consultations on issues of mutual concern.
05 June 2012 President Obama’s Message for the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II In a specially recorded video message President Obama celebrates the leadership shown by the Queen through the course of the past 60 years and the special relationship between the people of the United Kingdom and the United States.
20 May 2102 Panetta Meets With UK Counterpart Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta met with his counterpart from the United Kingdom, Secretary of State of Defense Philip Hammond. The top defense officials met during the first day of the 25th NATO Summit, the largest and broadest in the alliance’s history.
15 May 2012 First Lady Joins Team USA Athletes to Get Kids Moving When first lady Michelle Obama leads the U.S. presidential delegation to the 2012 Olympic Games in London, she will already be acquainted with many of the Olympic and Paralympic athletes representing the United States there. The first lady stressed the importance of helping 1.7 million children participate in Olympic and Paralympic sports in their communities.
13 April 2012 U.S. Defense Trade Cooperation Treaty with the United Kingdom Secretary Clinton says that she is pleased to announce the entry into force of the Defense Trade Cooperation Treaty between the United States and the United Kingdom. This Treaty is a result of the close, longstanding relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom.
• FAQs - Defense Trade Cooperation Treaties & Resources
27 March 2012 In Olympic Year, State Department, NBA Partner to Engage Underserved Youth Worldwide The U.S. Department of State and the National Basketball Association (NBA) announced a joint effort that will send current and former professional basketball players from the NBA and the WNBA to engage underserved youth both on the basketball court and within their communities in 10 countries. In addition to the United Kingdom, the players will lead programs this year in Angola, China, Greece, and Indonesia.
14 March 2012 U.S., British Leaders Reaffirm Commitment to Afghan Transition President Obama and visiting British Prime Minister David Cameron reaffirmed their commitment to an internationally agreed-upon transition plan in Afghanistan that will see Afghan forces take over from the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force by the end of 2014.
14 March 2012 Obama, Cameron Pledge More Pressure for Syrian Transition President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron said the United States and the United Kingdom will continue working together toward a peaceful solution and political transition in Syria and to support U.N. and Arab League special envoy Kofi Annan’s diplomatic efforts to end the violence there.
14 March 2012 Press Conference by Obama, U.K. Prime Minister Cameron (Afghanistan, NATO, Democracy in Middle East and North Africa, Syria)
• Photo gallery from Prime Minister Cameron's visit to the White House
14 March 2012 An Alliance for Global Development USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah and UK Secretary of State for International Development Andrew Mitchell.
14 March 2012 U.S.-UK Joint Fact Sheets
• The U.S.-UK Partnership for Global Development
• U.S.-UK Progress Towards a Freer and More Secure Cyberspace
• U.S. and UK Defense Cooperation
• U.S. and UK Counterterrorism Cooperation
• Peace Corps and VSO Partnership on Volunteerism to Promote Global Development
• U.S.-UK Progress Towards a Freer and More Secure Cyberspace
• U.S.-UK Higher Education, Science, and Innovation Collaboration
• U.S.-UK Task Force to Support Our Armed Forces Personnel, Veterans and Their Families
14 March 2012 Clinton, Biden Remarks at Luncheon for U.K.'s Cameron
13 March 2012 Obama, PM Cameron Joint Op-Ed: An Alliance the World Can Count On The following joint commentary by President Barack Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom appeared in the March 13 issue of the Washington Post, and is in the public domain. There are no republication restrictions.
13 March 2012 Preparing for an Official Visit From the United Kingdom (White House blog) Outside the White House, the Union Jack is flying alongside the flags of the United States and the District of Columbia on street lamps down Pennsylvania Avenue -- in preparation for a visit from British Prime Minister David Cameron.
12 March 2012 First Lady Michelle Obama To Lead Presidential Delegation to Opening Ceremonies of 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London First Lady Michelle Obama will lead the Presidential Delegation to the Opening Ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. Mrs. Obama made the announcement at an event with Mrs. Samantha Cameron celebrating the Olympic Games and Mrs. Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative.
09 March 2012 Preview of official visit by Prime Minister Cameron to the White House Prime Minister Cameron and his wife Samantha will visit the White House on Tuesday, March 13 and Wednesday March 14. The President and Prime Minister Cameron will be flying to Dayton, Ohio, on Tuesday to attend an NCAA Tournament men's basketball game. The First Lady and Mrs. Cameron will remain in Washington, D.C. and participate in an Olympic-themed event with Washington, D.C. area children on Tuesday.
13 February 2012 Summary of Obama’s Call with UK’s Prime Minister Cameron The President and Prime Minister Cameron spoke by telephone today, continuing their frequent consultations on a range of global issues. The President and the Prime Minister also reviewed the status of preparations for the Prime Minister’s March 13-14 Official Visit to Washington, D.C. .
03 February 2012 Statement by the Press Secretary on the visit of British Prime Minister Cameron President Obama and the First Lady will welcome Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and his wife, Samantha Cameron, to the White House for an Official Visit with a State Dinner on March 13-14, 2012. The visit will highlight the fundamental importance of the U.S.-UK special relationship and the depth of the friendship between the American people and the people of the United Kingdom, as well as the strong personal bond that has developed between the two leaders and their families.
05 January 2012 Readout of U.S. Secretary of Defense Panetta's Meeting with the UK Secretary of State for Defense U.S. Secretary of Defense Panetta hosted the UK Secretary of State for Defense, Mr. Phillip Hammond, MP, at the Pentagon this afternoon for their first official bilateral meeting. Secretary Panetta and Secretary Hammond discussed the new U.S. defense strategic guidance and compared notes on the UK’s recent experience with its Strategic Defense and Security Review.
05 December 2011 Peace Corps, VSO Sign Agreement to Promote Volunteer Service The Peace Corps and VSO commemorate International Volunteer Day and the Tenth Anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers.
29 November 2011 Statement on the Storming of the British Embassy in Tehran "The United States condemns in the strongest terms the storming of the
British Embassy in Tehran. Iran has a responsibility to protect the
diplomatic missions present in its country and the personnel stationed
• State Dept Daily Press Brief : Storming of the British Embassy in Iran
• Vienna Convention Obliges Iran to Protect Diplomats
27 October 2011 Secretary Clinton to Travel to London, United Kingdom and Istanbul, Turkey Secretary Clinton will travel to London to deliver a keynote speech at the London Conference on Cyberspace, hosted by the UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, William Hague. While in London, Secretary Clinton will also meet with Foreign Secretary Hague to review a range of issues on our shared global agenda.
18 October 2011 Statement from NSC Spokesman Tommy Vietor on the UK's Sanctions Announcement "We welcome the decision by the United Kingdom today to impose sanctions against the five individuals identified by the United States as connected to the plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to the United States. This sends yet another message that the international community rejects this flagrant violation of international law."
18 October 2011 Report of the UK’s Independent Review Panel on Extradition The Extradition Panel, appointed by the United Kingdom’s Home Secretary Theresa May in September 2010 to review the UK’s extradition practices, has concluded that the U.S.-UK treaty is balanced and fair. The Home Secretary presented the Panel’s report to Parliament today.
12 October 2011 The U.S.-UK Special Relationship: Furthering the President’s Commitment to Supporting Troops, Veterans and Their Families "Since World War II, British and American Service personnel have operated side-by-side in conflicts around the world, never letting station, rank, or color of uniform get in the way of looking out for one another. Today, our two governments are honoring that commitment by moving forward with our own commitment to improve the way we share lessons learned for the care and treatment of wounded warriors, transitioning service members, and their families."
10 October 2011 Obama’s Calls with U.K. Prime Minister, French President Today the President spoke by phone separately with British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Nicolas Sarkozy, continuing his close consultations with these key allies about the situation in the eurozone.
21 September 2011 Remarks by Obama, U.K. Prime Minister Cameron "Let me welcome Prime Minister Cameron to the United States and New York. Obviously, there is an extraordinary special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom, and I am very fortunate that over the last year or two, David and I have been able to, I think, establish an excellent friendship as well. "
13 August 2011 Summary of Obama’s Call with U.K. Prime Minister Cameron The President and Prime Minister Cameron spoke today, continuing their frequent and close consultations on global matters of mutual interest.
11 July 2011 President Obama and the Special Relationship on American public radio American Embassy London Public Affairs Officer Sandra Kaiser talks about the U.S./UK special relationship, the May 2011 visit of President Obama and Mrs. Obama, and the work of the U.S. Mission, in an interview with American public radio.
24 May 2011 U.S., U.K. Partner for Global Stability, Peace, Security Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and British Foreign Minister William Hague say the U.S.-U.K. relationship is a global “cornerstone of stability” and have recommitted the partnership to pursuing peace and security around the world.
26 April 2011 NATO Sees Momentum Gain in Protecting Libyans U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, met with U.K. Defense Secretary Liam Fox and General Sir David Richards, U.K. chief of Defense Staff at the Pentagon on to discuss the nations' continued partnership.
24 March 2011 Secretary Clinton To Travel to London, United Kingdom
02 March 2011 The 2011 Fulbright UK Awards Competition are now open and provide awards for study, research and/or lecturing in the United States in 2012-13.
11 February 2011 President and Mrs. Obama to Visit the UK The President and Mrs. Obama have accepted the invitation of Her Majesty the Queen, and will travel to the United Kingdom for a state visit on May 24-26, 2011. Buckingham Palace have released this press release.
04 February 2011 "Doing Good Together" - The Special Relationship in Global Development. Speech given by the U.S. Embassy Press Counselor, Philip Breeden, for the 2011 Lincoln Lecture at Wymondham College.
09 December 2010 The Deplorable Wikileaks Disclosures This op-ed by Ambassador Susman appeared in The Guardian newspaper on Friday, 10 December.
07 December 2010 WikiLeaks and Other Global Events Briefing with Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Public Affairs Philip Crowley at the New York Foreign Press Center.
03 December 2010 Secretary Clinton's Interview With Kim Ghattas of BBC
29 November 2010 Secretary Clinton on Scotland's St Andrew's Day "On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Scotland as you celebrate St. Andrew’s Day on November 30. Scotland’s unique culture and traditions have long been admired around the world, and the special ties between our two nations date back to the founding of the United States."
28 November 2010 Statement by U.S. Ambassador Louis Susman on Potential Wikileaks Disclosure
Any unauthorized disclosure of classified information by Wikileaks has
the very real potential to harm innocent individuals as well as efforts
to advance objectives we share with the United Kingdom and nations
around the world: nonproliferation and arms control, addressing violent
extremism, and promoting the spread of democracy and human rights, to
name just a few. Given the potential impact, I condemn without
reservation such unauthorized disclosures and my government is taking
steps to prevent future security breaches. We have briefed the U.K.
government and other friends and allies around the world about the
potential impact of these disclosures.
• Statement by the White House Press Secretary on Wikileaks
17 November 2010 A New Financial Framework: Dodd-Frank’s Contribution to Global Reform Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Treasury Neal Wolin remarks to the London Stock Exchange.
10 November 2010 The United States and Europe: A New Era of Engagement The Dillon Lecture at Chatham House, delivered by Dr. Philip H. Gordon, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs.
10 November 2010 The U.S.-UK Relationship Remarks by Philip Gordon, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs at London Press Roundtable.
10 November 2010 "Picture The Friendship" Facebook Contest The U.S. Embassy Facebook Page is asking fans to “Picture the Friendship” between the United States and United Kingdom. Fans have until November 29 to submit their image of what best represents the bonds between the UK and the U.S.
08 November 2010 Travel of Assistant Secretary Gordon to London Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Philip H. Gordon will travel to London from November 8-11, 2010. He will meet senior U.K. government officials to discuss a range of issues on our large bilateral agenda, including the upcoming NATO, U.S.-EU and NATO-Russia Summits.
01 November 2010 U.S. Allies, Good Security Helped Prevent Cargo Bomb Attacks The Obama administration credits the diligence and cooperation of security services from the United States and its partners overseas for identifying and neutralizing two bombs placed aboard cargo jets bound for the United States.
30 October 2010 Readout of the President’s Call with Prime Minister David Cameron on the terrorist plot
• Statement by the President on the Security Alert [Whitehouse.gov video]
• Summary of President Obama’s Call with Saudi King Abdullah
20 October 2010 U.S. Department of Defense Statement on the U.K. Strategic Defense and Security Review "The British military has distinguished itself by its valor and professionalism in Iraq and Afghanistan. Indeed, we have had no more capable or resolute military ally. We are pleased that the U.K. clearly intends to maintain its historical role as a leading nation that shapes global security, and the fourth largest military budget in the world. "
19 October 2010 Secretary Clinton on the Publication of the UK's Strategic Defense and Security Review The United Kingdom today published the results of its Strategic Defense and Security Review (SDSR) to guide defense spending over the coming years. The United States appreciates the determination of Prime Minister Cameron and his government to balance the budget while maintaining the best defensive capabilities possible in a world of shifting security challenges.
18 October 2010 Readout of President Obama's call with Prime Minister David Cameron The Prime Minister briefed the President on the U.K. National Security Strategy that was published today and they discussed the Strategic Defense and Security Review that the U.K. government will announce tomorrow.
16 October 2010 Wandsworth monument with American connection restored History lovers met at an almost-forgotten monument on Putney Heath in Wandsworth on Saturday October 16. Joined by Justine Greening MP and the Mayor of Wandsworth, Piers Conolly McCausland, they gathered to celebrate the completion of conservation work on a 234-year-old obelisk.
11 October 2010 Readout of the President's Call with Prime Minister Cameron of the United Kingdom The President called Prime Minister Cameron to offer his deepest condolences for the death of Linda Norgrove, whose service in Afghanistan represented her extraordinary commitment to advance the lives of others.
07 October 2010 Highgate Cemetery salutes a forgotten British hero of the American Civil War On 20th September 2010, at a special grave-side ceremony in Highgate Cemetery, a senior military officer from the U.S. Embassy honored the memory of a young Londoner, Thomas Barzetti, who sailed to America to fight for the Union side in the American Civil War. Barzetti had travelled in secret to the USA and enlisted under a false name to hide his involvement from his family.
30 September 2010 Read-out of the President's Call with British Prime Minister Cameron
The President called Prime Minister David Cameron today to convey the
good news that the U.S. Senate provided its Advice and Consent to the
U.S.-U.K. Defense Trade Cooperation Treaty last night. The ratification
of the Treaty was a high priority for both the President and the Prime
Minister, and its passage is evidence of the broad, bipartisan support
that undergirds the special relationship between the United States and
the United Kingdom.
• Fact Sheet on U.S. Defense Trade Cooperation Treaties
30 September 2010 Secretary Clinton on the U.S. Defense Trade Cooperation Treaties with the United Kingdom and Australia Says Clinton "We welcome the Senate's approval of the U.S.-UK and the U.S.-Australia Defense Trade Cooperation Treaties and the passage of implementing legislation by the House and Senate. These treaties recognize and support the long-standing special relationship between the United States and two of its closest allies and support U.S. national security interests by furthering cooperative efforts to meet shared security challenges."
23 September 2010 Readout of Vice President Biden's Meeting with British Deputy Prime Minister Nicholas Clegg Vice President Biden and British Deputy Prime Minister Clegg engaged in wide-ranging discussion of issues including the Pakiistan floods and the ongoing humanitarian crisis there, Afghanistan and the upcoming NATO summit.
23 September 2010 - Joint Statement by Vice President Biden and Deputy Prime Minister Clegg on Pakistan The UK and U.S. are committed to ensuring the most effective possible international response to Pakistan’s ongoing flood disaster.
09 September 2010 Readout of Vice President Biden's Video Teleconference with British Deputy Prime Minister Nicholas Clegg The Deputy Prime Minister accepted the Vice President’s invitation to meet with him in Washington, DC, on September 23rd.
25 August 2010 Readout of President Obama's call with British Prime Minister Cameron President Obama called the Prime Minister earlier today to offer his congratulations to the Prime Minister and Mrs. Cameron on the birth of their daughter. The President and Prime Minister also took the opportunity to compare notes on the Middle East.
20 August 2010 Statement by Secretary Clinton on the One-Year Anniversary of the Release of Abdel Basset Mohamed al-Megrahi "Regrettably, today is the one-year anniversary of the release of Abdel Basset Mohamed al-Megrahi, who was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for his role in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103.
17 August 2010 Readout of Vice President Biden’s Video Teleconference with British Deputy Prime Minister Nicholas Clegg Among other issues the two leaders discussed their governments’ responses to the severe flooding in Pakistan and agreed on the need for the international community to redouble efforts to assist the people of Pakistan.
06 August 2010 Readout of the President’s Call with British Prime Minister Cameron President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron spoke by telephone today as part of their ongoing consultations on our shared global agenda. The Prime Minister updated the President on his recent visits to India and Turkey. The leaders discussed Afghanistan and Pakistan, with the Prime Minister noting his recent constructive meeting with Pakistani President Zardari. The two leaders also reviewed the security situation in the region and progress in Afghanistan. The President and the Prime Minister also discussed ongoing efforts to advance peace in the Middle East, and agreed on the need for the parties to move to direct talks as soon as possible.
20 July 2010 Remarks by President Obama and Prime
Minister Cameron in Joint Press Availability President Obama says
that the U.S. and the UK "enjoy a truly special
relationship. We celebrate a common heritage. We cherish common values."
• Watch the video of the meeeting
20 July 2010 President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron, in Words and Photos (White House blog)
20 July 2010 Obama, Cameron Reaffirm Commitment to Afghanistan A key component for peace in Afghanistan is to build the country’s capacity so that its security forces "can take responsibility for their future," President Obama said after meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron at the White House. At a joint press conference Obama and Cameron said they both agree that the right strategy is twofold: break the former Taliban regime’s insurgency and build Afghan capacity.
22 June 2010 Readout of the President's Call with British Prime Minister Cameron Discussed preparations for the G-8/G-20 meetings this week in Canada.
12 June 2010 Readout of the President’s Call with Prime Minister Cameron of the United Kingdom The President and British Prime Minister David Cameron spoke today by telephone in their first substantive conversation since the President’s congratulatory call on May 22, 2010. The President looks forward to seeing Cameron in Canada later this month and in Washington on July 20.
08 June 2010 Defense Secretary Robert Gates, British Counterpart Liam Fox Praise Alliance The defense secretaries of the United States and Great Britain today praised the strength and depth of the U.S.-British alliance and pledged continued cooperation in meeting today’s challenges and those of the future. During a news conference after their meeting, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and his British counterpart, Liam Fox, said they discussed a variety of issues, including Iran’s nuclear ambitions, Afghanistan, an upcoming British defense and security review, the need for NATO reform, and the threat terrorism poses to the world.
14 May 2010 US Hails UK Special Relationship The US House of Representatives unanimously passed a resolution on 12 May "recognizing the special relationship and historic ties between the United Kingdom and the United States."
13 May 2010 Readout of Vice President Biden’s Call with United Kingdom Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg The Vice President congratulated Clegg on his new role as Deputy Prime Minister and said he looked forward to working with the new government in the United Kingdom on the range of strategic challenges facing both countries.
28 January 2010 Secretary Clinton's Interview With Jill Dougherty of CNN
28 January 2010 Statement on the Violence in Jos, Nigeria
26 January 2010 Clinton to Attend Yemen Security Conference in London Supporting Yemen as it faces security challenges posed by al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula is a significant part of the U.S. strategy with Yemen’s leaders, but there are also efforts to help with economic, governance and social issues, says the State Department’s senior counterterrorism official.
26 January 2010 Secretary Clinton's Interview With Michele Kelemen of NPR
26 January 2010 U.S., U.K. Share History, Values in Afghanistan “The United States has no closer ally than the United Kingdom,” Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III said here yesterday. The two nations have a special relationship based on history, shared values and a shared future, he said during a speech before the House of Commons All-Party Parliamentary Group on Transatlantic and International Security.
In London, Secretary Clinton will attend a ministerial meeting on Yemen on January 27 and the International Conference on Afghanistan on January 28. The goal of the Yemen meeting is to consolidate international support for Yemen, coordinate assistance efforts, and reach agreement on assisting Yemen in its political and economic reform efforts. The objective of the London Conference on Afghanistan is to demonstrate the international community’s support for Afghanistan’s future and the agenda outlined by President Karzai in his November 19 inauguration speech. The meetings will focus on the implementation of our strategy in support of Afghanistan’s security, governance and development, and improved international civilian coordination.
The Secretary will end her trip in Paris, where she will give a speech on European security, in addition to meeting with President Sarkozy and Foreign Minister Kouchner to discuss the international Haiti relief effort, developments in Iran, Yemen, Afghanistan and Pakistan, and an array of other issues of mutual concern.
25 January 2010 London Conference to Discuss Rehabilitation of Taliban Fighters Ahead of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s attendance at the January 28 International Conference on Afghanistan in London, U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke says 2010 will be a “year of heavy implementation” of the Obama administration’s strategy in Afghanistan, and the conference will include support for Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s plans to reintegrate Taliban fighters into the country.
21 January 2010 Remarks by Secretary Clinton, British Foreign Secretary Miliband Diplomats discuss Haiti relief efforts, Afghanistan, Pakistan and NATO.
13 October 2009 Ambassador Susman presents Credentials
Secretary Clinton in London, Dublin and Belfast, 09-12 October 2009
Secretary Clinton to Travel to London, Dublin, Belfast and Moscow
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will travel to London, Dublin, Belfast, and Moscow from October 9 to 15, 2009. In London and Dublin, Secretary Clinton will engage in a series of discussions on a wide range of bilateral, transatlantic, and global issues. In Belfast, the Secretary will emphasize the U.S. commitment to the joint economic prosperity of Northern Ireland and the United States, as well as reaffirming unwavering U.S. support for Northern Ireland’s peace process.
12 October 2009 Secretary Clinton Interview With John Humphrys, BBC Radio
11 October 2009 U.S. Committed To Working With Ireland Said Clinton in remarks with Ireland Prime Minister Brian Cowen "I know our commitment to working with like-minded friends, such as Ireland, means that we'll be seeing a lot of each other and consulting often about what more we can do to provide the conditions for peace, security, and prosperity. ... Our diplomats and our aid workers collaborate together to resolve conflicts, fight hunger, poverty and disease, our businesses invest in trade to create new jobs and wider prosperity, education, innovation, and productivity have made Ireland a great place to do business, and Americans have leapt at the opportunity."
11 October 2009 Joint Press Availability With U.K. Foreign Secretary Miliband "The international agenda is broad and deep. And the United States and the United Kingdom are partners, working to advance our shared values on every front, from rebuilding the world economy, to combating climate change and fighting hunger, to facing down the threats of nuclear proliferation and violent extremism, to helping advance a comprehensive peace in the Middle East. We stand shoulder to shoulder in the effort to build a global architecture of cooperation, and to develop the partnerships that are needed to meet these global challenges."
10 September 2009 Readout of the President's call with UK Prime Minister Brown The President and Prime Minister Brown had a productive call earlier today on several issues on our shared strategic agenda. The two leaders discussed preparations for the upcoming G20 meeting in Pittsburgh, including the issues of growth and jobs. They discussed ways to reform international institutions to provide key international players a greater role.
20 August 2009 Scotland’s Release of Pan Am 103 Bomber Disappointing, U.S. Says The Obama administration says it is deeply disappointed by the decision of the Scottish Executive to release Abdel Basset Mohamed al-Megrahi, the only individual convicted in the 1988 bombing of Pan American World Airways Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.
29 July 2009 Clinton: Early Afghan Field Reports Are Encouraging
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and British Foreign Secretary
David Miliband said resolution of the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan
is to be found in a comprehensive military, political and economic
• Secretary Clinton Remarks With British Foreign Secretary David Miliband
• View Video of Clinton-Miliband Press Conference
16 July 2009 Statement by National Security Council Spokesman Mike Hammer on the UK Report "The Road to 2010: Addressing the Nuclear Question in the Twenty First Century" President Obama welcomes the report presented today by Prime Minister Brown to the Parliament on initiatives to achieve nuclear security, recognizing that the demand for nuclear energy may grow in coming decades and contribute to addressing the pressing challenge of climate change. The President agrees that it is essential to act now, in concert with other nations, to ensure the threat of nuclear terrorism is reduced, as well as to take steps that reinforce the Non-Proliferation Treaty.
09 July 2009 Joint Statement from the White House Press Secretary and 10 Downing Street Spokesperson "President Obama and Prime Minister Brown have had good discussions on the full range of global issues. They agreed on the significance on the steps taken by both the G8 and the MEF on climate change, and on the importance of completing urgently the economic and financial reforms agreed at the G20 Summit in London."
07 July 2009 Statement by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano Today, we remember the 52 men and women who perished in the London bombings of July 7, 2005. In the four years since this heinous act of terrorism - which took the lives of individuals from more than a dozen countries - additional attacks have been thwarted in the UK and beyond, reminding us of the threat that remains. "
05 June 2009 Readout of President Obama’s Call with Prime Minister Gordon Brown of the United Kingdom The leaders discussed President Obama’s speech at Cairo University and their mutual interest in continuing to build strong relationships with the Muslim communities around the world.
04 June 2009 Statement on the British Hostage Killed in Mali
12 May 2009 Pelosi, Holt Meet With British Prime Minister Gordon Brown Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and Congressman Rush Holt of New Jersey returned today from an official visit abroad that began Thursday in Jordan and continued on to Qatar, Iraq and the United Kingdom.
23 March 2009 Readout of the President's telephone call to Prime Minister Brown of the United Kingdom
03 March 2009 Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Gordon Brown "I
think that there are a set of shared values and shared assumptions
between us," President Obama said following a meeting with British
Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
• Call to Prime Minister Gordon Brown of Great Britain
03 March 2009 Financial Crisis Tops Agenda in British Prime Minister's Visit America's "special relationship" with Britain is more vital than ever as both nations stand together to face a host of emerging challenges, from a global financial crisis to international efforts to stabilize Afghanistan, says President Obama.
03 February 2009 Remarks by Secretary Clinton, British Foreign Secretary Miliband Diplomats discuss fighting terrorism, financial crisis and climate change.
14 January 2009 Making Sure The Honeymoon Isn't Over : Newlyweds Advised to Avoid Post-Dated Passports if Travelling to the U.S. Travelers engaged to be married and planning to use a post-dated passport with a new surname to travel to the America for their honeymoon should be aware of changes in travel procedures that could affect their trip. This is due to the New Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) which recognizes only current and not post-dated passports. While ESTA can accommodate last-minute applications, honeymooners may want to consider obtaining a new passport in their married name after their trip.
07 January 2009 Less Than One Week Away: New Travel Procedures Become Mandatory For British Citizens Traveling to the United States In less than one week, British citizens eligible to travel to the United States on the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) will need to register on line with the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) before departure. Beginning January 12, all nationals and citizens of Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries - including the UK - will be required by law to get travel authorization prior to boarding the airplane.
09 January 2009 U.S. Embassy Press Notice on Guantanamo Bay Reports in the media suggesting that U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom Robert Tuttle had confirmed that talks with the UK about Guantanamo Bay detainees were at an advanced stage and that a "formal request" had been made to the UK to accept detainees are erroneous.
12 December 2008 One Month Away: New Requirements for British Citizens Traveling to the U.S. A rough estimate of the number of UK travelers heading to the U.S. next month indicates only about 50 percent of those who qualify to travel visa-free are registering with the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). The goal is to have 100 percent of all eligible UK travelers signed on by January 12 - just one month from now - when ESTA registration in advance of travel becomes mandatory.
21 November 2008 U.S.-U.K. Extradition Treaty The U.S.-U.K. Extradition Treaty was transmitted by the President to the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations in April 2004. Once ratified, the Treaty will replace the 1972 Extradition Treaty and the 1985 Supplementary Treaty. This new Treaty seeks to modernize and streamline the extradition relationship between the two States Parties.
24 November 2008 ESTA : New Requirements for British Citizens Traveling to the United States Beginning 12 January 2009, all nationals and citizens of Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries - including the UK - will be required by law to obtain a travel authorization prior to traveling to the United States under the VWP. Travelers can register for authorization online through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA™), a free Internet application administered by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through a U.S. government Web site. This web site is available today and all UK citizens planning to travel to the US in the future are encouraged to apply now.
21 November 2008 Don't Gamble on Fraud to Win the Diversity Visa Lottery Unscrupulous businesses and attorneys are trying to lure British citizens into participating in a visa program that's not available to them. The U.S. Embassy in London has received reports of organizations which claim that - for a fee - they can make it easier to enter or win the U.S. State Department's annual Diversity Visa (DV) lottery, also known as the "green card lottery."
26 September 2008 President Bush Meets with Prime Minister Gordon Brown of Great Britain
05 August 2008 Latest Internet Scam: Posing as the FBI Special Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation at the American Embassy are working closely with UK law enforcement officers on various scams asking for money, targeting both UK and U.S. citizens. The most recent scheme uses the name of the FBI and its Director, Robert Mueller. The new mass e-mailing, allegedly from the “Anti-Terrorist and Monitory Crimes Division of the FBI,” is hitting in-boxes belonging to computer-users in the UK.
22 May 2008 Secretary Rice and U.K. Foreign Secretary Miliband Participate in @Google Series Secretary Rice and British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs David Miliband visit Google's Mountain View, CA, headquarters for a conversation with Google Senior VP David Drummond.
21 May 2008 Secretary Rice's Remarks With U.K. Foreign Secretary David Miliband After Their Meeting (PDF 103KB)
01 May 2008 Meetings in London Briefing by Secretary Rice en-route to London.
25 April 2008 Rice to Travel to Europe, the Middle East May 1-5 Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will travel to the United Kingdom, Israel, and the West Bank from May 1 to May 5.
21 February 2008 U.S. and U.K. Agencies Agree To Coordinate on Poverty Reduction The U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) has reached an agreement with the United Kingdom's Department for International Development to increase cooperation on poverty reduction in developing countries, the MCC said in a press release issued February 19.
06 February 2008 Secretary Rice and UK Foreign Secretary Miliband meet in London
06 February 2008 Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice Briefing En Route London
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will travel to London, United Kingdom, February 6, 2008. While in London, Secretary Rice will participate in bilateral meetings with senior British officials, including Foreign Secretary David Miliband. They will discuss a wide range of issues, including Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Transatlantic Alliance.
07 September 2007 Program Brings Poetry to Mass Transit Systems When visitors to the U.S. get on the bus, subway or train, they might be surprised in several cities to find themselves reading poetry rather than advertisements. Usually the poetry is in English, but some bilingual posters have featured poems in Cherokee, French, Russian, Spanish and Japanese.
19 July 2007 Secretary Condoleezza Rice's Interview With Colin Brazier of Sky TV "Britain and the United States have a deep and special relationship. We have so many things that we're achieving together ... this is going to be a new era of cooperation with a new government in Britain" says Secretary Rice.
19 July 2007 Secretary Rice Remarks With Portuguese Foreign Minister Luis Amado After Their Meeting ... In addition to discussing the Quartet meeting in Lisbon Secretary Rice also addressed the current UK - Russia diplomatic situation.
27 June 2007 U.S.-U.K. Defense Treaty Signed The U.S. and the United Kingdom have signed a treaty to remove bureaucratic barriers and export license requirements between the defense industries of the two allies.
11 May 2007 Poet Laureates of Two Nations Reach Across the Atlantic U.S. poet laureate Donald Hall and British poet laureate Andrew Motion read together at the Library of Congress May 10.
26 April 2007 UK/U.S. Extradition Treaty Ratified The United Kingdom and United States have today ratified a bilateral extradition treaty to ensure more effective arrangements to bring offenders from either state to justice.
26 January 2007 U.S.-U.K. Pact Promotes Creation of International Science Portal The U.S. and the UK have agreed to collaborate on development of a global science portal aimed at making science information resources of many nations accessible via the Internet, announced the U.S. Department of Energy.
400th Anniversary of Jamestown
- Jamestown 2007 - America's 400th Anniversary
- The Formation of a U.S. National Government
- NASA - 400 Years of Exploration
19 April 2007 From London to Jamestown, 400 Years Later
09 March 2007 Jamestown, Cradle of U.S. Democracy, Celebrates 400th Anniversary Although Virginia’s Jamestown settlement -- the first permanent English settlement in the New World -- was launched in 1607 as a commercial venture by London shareholders, it quickly evolved into the English New World’s first laboratory for representative government.