May 14th, 2010
03:12 PM ET
13 years ago

British foreign minister hails 'special relationship' with U.S.

Washington (CNN) - Just days after taking office, Britain's new foreign secretary visited Washington on Friday, hailing the "unbreakable alliance" between the U.S. and Britain.

"The U.S. is without doubt the most important ally of the UK," William Hague said after lunch with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He welcomed President Barack Obama's description of the "extraordinary special relationship" between the two countries.

Hague was announced as Britain's foreign secretary this week after a coalition government was formed between Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative Party and the Liberal Democrats.

Clinton and Hague said their talks focused on Afghanistan, Iran and the economic crisis in the euro zone.

Hague's visit comes during a week in which Afghan President Hamid Karzai and more than a dozen members of his cabinet came to Washington for three days of talks, including meetings with Clinton and Obama.

At a press conference with Hague, Clinton said they discussed the "shared mission" in Afghanistan, and Hague had reaffirmed the British government's commitment to "achieving long-term stability there."

"The U.S. is deeply appreciative of the British contribution in Afghanistan," Clinton said.

Shorty after getting the position, Hague said he would focus on Pakistan and Afghanistan and would protect Britain's "special relationship" with the United States.

Clinton said that she was "very intrigued" by the outcome of last week's election in the UK and that the Obama administration was looking forward to "working with the new British government."

"We will continue to build on the deep and abiding trust that exists between the British and American people for a very long time," Clinton said.

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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Rick McDaniel

    That's nice. Let's see how long it is, before we have a disagreement.

    May 14, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  2. Mike in NYC

    Just a different color leash for the bulldog whose empire once never saw a setting sun.

    May 14, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  3. Larry

    Get your "special relationship" over here and stop this oil leak!

    May 14, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  4. Are you kidding?

    Don't count on that "special relationship" with the U.S. working out for the next 2 years. Obama has already thrown Israel under the bus and pushed the dalai lama out the side door of the White House where all the stacks of trash bags are. My advice to the new Prime Minister is just ride it out until January 20, 2013, Obama's last day in office.

    May 14, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  5. Brenda

    There was an article in the UK Telegraph today about Hague and the US relations. You can find the link to the article at the Real Clear Politics site.

    The article was warning Hague not to be pulled into any of the anti-US rhetoric of the liberal Dems in the US.

    It is pretty interesting-- that even in the UK- they are picking up on the leftist, liberal Dem hatred/opposition to the US.

    May 14, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  6. Pkm

    Wait till bp has to pay for the oil leaks then see if the uk still likes us

    May 14, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  7. No More Incumbents

    Well isn't that special............

    May 14, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |