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Obama: New joint national security council will strengthen U.S.- UK “essential relationship”

David Cameron's first official visit to the US as prime minister was in July 2010. Photo credit to Getty Images.

President Barack Obama will announce the formation of a new joint U.S.-British national security council when he visits London this week.

The White House said the National Security Strategy Board would allow the two countries to work more closely together and share intelligence on long-term security challenges, particularly in the Middle East and Afghanistan. Obama’s national security adviser, Tom Donilon, and his British counterpart, Peter Ricketts, will head the group, which is expected to meet every few months.

The announcement of the new initiative comes as Obama begins…READ MORE HERE.

The test of this visit and the months to come is whether these words of Obama and Cameron declaring the U.S.-UK as a “essential relationship”  turn out to be more than just the work of skilful writers, diplomats and spin doctors inside Number 10 and the White House READ MORE HERE