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Barack Obama and David Cameron to rename special relationship the ‘essential relationship’

David Cameron and Barack Obama today rename the special relationship between Britain and America, the “essential relationship”.


US President Barack Obama enjoys a pint of Guinness beer in Hayes Bar in the town of Moneygall, the hometown of his great-great-great grandfathe

It comes as the President of the United States arrives in London for a three-day state visit. He and his wife Michelle will stay at Buckingham Palace as guests of the Queen.

This afternoon the Prime Minister and his wife Samantha will host a barbecue in the Downing Street garden for the President and First Lady.

In a joint newspaper article today the two leaders point to the close relationship between the two countries, and say it is vital not just for Britain and America, but also the rest of the world.

The two men say: “When the United States and Britain stand together, our people and people around the world can become more secure and more prosperous.

“And that is the key to our relationship. Yes, it is founded on a deep emotional connection, by sentiment and ties of people and culture. But the reason it thrives, the reason why this is such a natural partnership, is because it advances our common interests and shared values.

“It is a perfect alignment of what we both need and what we both believe. And the reason it remains strong is because it delivers time and again. Ours is not just a special relationship, it is an essential relationship – for us and for the world.

Mr Obama last night addressed an adoring audience in Dublin. He had earlier visited Moneygall, a small village in County Offaly, the home of one of the President’s ancestors who emigrated to America in 1850.

The couple were greeted by ecstatic locals who shouted: “Welcome home.” At a visit to a local pub Mr Obama drank a pint of Guinness.

In Dublin, Mr Obama joked about his Irish ancestry and even tried a few words of Gaelic.

He told the 25,000-strong gathering on a sun-soaked, College Green: “My name is Barack Obama, of the Moneygall Obamas and I’ve come home to find the apostrophe we lost somewhere along the way.”

The president addressed the crowds – who chanted “Obama, Obama” – from behind a specially-constructed three-sided bullet-proof glass structure.

He told the Irish nation, reeling from its economic crisis, that despite the “trying times”, the country was resilient and like America they “would never stop imagining a brighter future.”

To cheers he ended by urging the Irish to repeat his election-wining mantra: “Yes we can. Yes we can.”

During his three days in London Mr Obama will be the guest of honour at a Buckingham Palace banquet.

Mr Cameron will today hold meetings with Mr Obama. George Osborne, the Chancellor, will be present for one of them and the Prime Minister and Chancellor are likely to be pleased that the Obama administration now appears to deficit reduction – the central plank of the Coalition’s economic programme.

Labour had pointed to America as an example of a country which has opted to cut more slowly than the Coalition, but in recent months that has changed markedly. Mr Obama is likely to today point to the need for major economies to reduce their deficits.

Tomorrow, he will address a special joint session of Parliament in Westminster Hall.

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