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Again it is a great -- -- welcome my friend and partner prime minister David Cameron back to the White House for this official visit.
I know there's been a lot of focus on last night's game.
Some -- asked how it came about source of the record straight.
During my visit to London last year David arranged for us to play some local students.
As they would say in Britain we've got thrashed.
So when it came to sports on this visit I thought -- be better we just watched.
And that -- I'm still trying to get David to fill out his bracket.
We just finished up a very good discussion and it was a reminder of why value David's leadership and partnership so much.
He appreciates -- alliance between our countries is -- foundation not only for the security and prosperity of our two nations but.
For international peace and security as well.
-- -- -- my belief that in a time of rapid change of leadership of the United States and the United Kingdom is more important enough.
And we share the view that the future we seek is only possible.
If the rights and responsibilities of nations and people are -- And that's -- cause that we advanced today.
At a time when too many of our people are still a lot of work we agree that we've got to stay focused on creating the growth in jobs that put our people back to work.
Even as both our countries make difficult choices to put our fiscal houses in order.
Between us we have the largest.
Investment relationship in the world.
And we've instructed our teams to continue to explore ways to increase transatlantic.
Trade and investment.
And I very much appreciate Davis -- perspective on fiscal situation in the eurozone.
We're both our countries -- economies are businesses are banks are deeply connected.
We moved on to discuss Afghanistan.
Where we are the two largest contributors of forces to the international mission and where -- forces continue to make extraordinary sacrifices.
The tragic events of recent days are a reminder that this continues to be a very difficult mission.
Lost a number of extraordinary.
Young men and women.
What's undeniable -- and what we can never forget is that our forces are making very real progress and dismantling al-Qaeda.
Breaking the -- bonds' momentum and training Afghan forces.
So that they can take the lead and our troops can come home.
That transition is already underway in about half from all Afghans currently live in areas where Afghan security forces are taking responsibility.
Today the prime minister and I -- the transition plan that we agreed to -- with our coalition partners in -- Specifically at the upcoming NATO summit in my hometown of Chicago will determine the next phase of transition.
-- -- -- -- to a support role next year -- twice thirteen.
In advance of Afghans taking full responsibility for security in 2014.
We're gonna complete this mission.
And we're gonna do it responsibly.
And NATO will maintain an enduring commitment so that Afghanistan never again becomes a haven for al-Qaeda to attack our country's.
We also discussed the continuing threat posed by Iran's failure to meet its international obligations.
On this we are fully united.
We are determined to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons.
We believe there is still time and space to pursue a diplomatic solution and we're gonna keep coordinating closely.
-- -- At the same time we're gonna keep up pressure with the strongest US sanctions today and the the European Union preparing to impose an embargo on Iran in -- Tehran must understand that it cannot escape or evade the choice before.
Me your international obligations.
Or face the consequences.
We reaffirmed our commitment to support the democratic transitions underway in the Middle East and North Africa.
British forces played a critical role in the mission to protect Libyan people.
I wanna commend David personally for the leadership role -- plays in mobilizing international support for the transition in Libya.
We also discussed over -- violence that the aside regime continues to inflict on the people of Syria.
Right now we're focused on getting humanitarian aid to those in need.
We agreed to keep increasing pressure on the reject.
Mobilizing the international community.
Cutting the regime's revenues.
Isolating -- politically.
This is the regime and security forces continue to suffer defections the opposition is growing stronger.
I'll say it again.
Assad will we found it's not a question of if but when.
And to prepare for that day will continue to support plans for a transition to support the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people.
More broadly we were committed ourselves.
And our leadership.
To the goal global development.
Along with our international partners we've saved countless lives from the famine in the Horn of Africa.
David you've done an outstanding job in bringing the international community is for progress in Somalia.
Including life saving it.
The same time were renewing our commitment to improve maternal health.
And preventable deaths of children.
And supporting the global fund for aids TB and malaria.
So that we can realize our goal and that's the beginning of the end of aids.
And let me say that it's -- tribute to -- leadership that the UK will be playing a leading role in the global partnership to strengthen the open government upon which human rights and development depends.
Finally I'm very pleased that we're bringing our two militaries.
The backbone of our lives even closer.
I told David I can announce that next month we intend to start implementing our long awaited.
Defense trade treaty with the UK.
-- put advanced technologies in the hands of our troops and it will mean more jobs for workers in both our countries.
And we're moving ahead -- our joint initiative to care for our men and women in uniform.
Our troops stood together.
On the battlefield.
Now we're working together for them -- when they come home.
-- new partnerships to help or wounded warriors recover.
Assist our veterans transition back to civilian life and to support our remarkable.
David thank you as always for being such an outstanding -- Partner and friend.
As I -- this morning because of our efforts our alliance is as strong as it has ever been.
Michelle admire very much looking forward to hosting you -- -- At tonight's statement.
Look forward as well to welcome you to Camp David my hometown of Chicago and make.
Carry on the work and upon which both our nations in the world and so David welcome and thank you.
-- thank you very much for that time Iraq and thank you for last night some.
Sporting event I thought that was a link between that and the table tennis I remember it well.
And because I know -- America doesn't like being on the losing side I'm trying to make do with the the gift of a tennis tennis at the table tennis table which time it will.
Be there in the white has so what does this -- -- -- I think that when I certainly need to I certainly the practice.
And one of these days I'll get my own back by getting through cricket match and explaining the rules to you and some of the terminal terminology that you have to try and get straight as I tried last night.
But thank you had excellent discussions today and it was great -- -- teams had time to join those talks as well.
And Barak thank you because there are some countries whose alliance is a matter of convenience.
But ours is a -- all of conviction.
Two states as I said this morning.
United -- freedom and enterprise working together day in day out to defend those values and -- -- interests.
That is been the fundamental business of this visit and we just made important progress on -- vital areas Afghanistan.
And economic growth and -- taking each in -- First Afghanistan.
Recent days have reminded us just how difficult a mission is and how high the cost of this war has been -- Britain for America.
-- for Afghans themselves.
Britain has fought alongside America every day since the stuff.
We have 9500.
Men and women still serving.
More than 400 have given -- lives.
And today again we commemorate.
Each and every one of them.
But we will not give up on this mission.
Must never again be a safe haven for al-Qaeda to launch attacks against us.
We -- -- a perfect Afghanistan.
We'll let us be clear -- making some tangible progress.
With more markets open -- health -- working -- children going to school more people able to achieve the basic standard of living and security.
But we can't help insure that Afghanistan and he's capable of delivering its own security without the need for large numbers before troops.
We -- now in the final phases of our military mission.
That means completing the training of the Afghan forces so that they can take over the cost of maintaining security themselves.
That transition to Afghan control has agreed to Lisbon is I went under way.
And next year the president said 2013.
This include shifting to a support role as Afghans take the -- This is an advance of Afghan forces taking full responsibility for security in 2014.
And as a result as we've always said we would be in a combat role of the 2014.
At the same time we will sit back President Karzai and working towards an Afghan led political settlement.
Second a -- -- the united nations Security Council resolution on Libya.
We agreed we must maintain -- support for the people of the Arab world as they seek a better future.
And -- just say in response to what you said Mr.
President Barack about Libya.
That I'm very proud of the action that Britain and France and others took -- -- apps -- -- and none of that would have been possible.
Is that the overwhelming support an overwhelming force that the United States provided in the early stages of that campaign exactly what you promised you would do.
That actually made that intervention possible and -- given that shows that country a chance of prosperity and stability and some measure of democracy.
Most urgently now in Syria will working to get humanitarian aid to those who -- and Britain is today pledging an additional two million pounds in food and medical care.
At the same time we must properly document the evidence so that those guilty of crimes can be helped -- kind.
No matter how long it takes a bubble we must do everything we can't achieve a political transition.
That will stop the killing.
So we must maintain the strongest pressure well all those who are resisting change total costs.
We'll give our support to Kofi Annan as he makes the case -- that transition.
And we are ready to work with -- Russia and China for the same goal including through a new united nations Security Council resolution.
The we should be clear what we want is the quickest way to stop the killing.
That is true transition.
Rather than revolution -- civil war.
But if a -- continues that civil war or revolution is the inevitable consequence.
So we will work with anyone -- is ready to build a stable inclusive and democratic Syria for all serious.
Third we've discussed Iran's nuclear program.
The president's tough reasonable approach has united the world behind unprecedented sanctions -- on Iran.
And Britain has played a leading role in helping to deliver an EU wide oil and -- Alongside the financial sanctions being -- by America this in -- it is dramatically increase increasing the pressure on the regime.
And we are serious about the talks that a sector -- you.
But the regime has to meet its international obligations.
If it refuses to -- -- Britain and America along -- international partners will continue to increase the political and economic pressure.
To achieve a peaceful outcome to this crisis the president said nothing is off the table.
That is essential for the safety of the region and the wider world.
Fourth -- both Britain and America updating with massive debts and deficits of course the measures we -- -- domestic economies reflect different.
But we share the same goals delivering significant deficit reduction over the medium term and stimulating growth.
One of the keys to growth is trade the EU and the US together account for more than half of all global trade.
Foreign direct investment between Britain and America is the largest in the world it creates -- sustains around a million jobs each side of the event.
And provides a strong foundation -- bilateral trade with nearly 200 billion dollars -- -- -- -- deepening trade and investment between us is crucial and can really help to stimulate growth.
-- and I have agreed to prioritize work ahead of the G-8 on liberalizing trans Atlantic trade and investment place.
So -- had some very important discussions this morning.
I'm looking forward to continue our talks at the G-8 and a NATO -- and a visiting you bracket Camp David -- -- -- hometown of Chicago.
-- -- -- sport we will be able to go and see that.
As Barack has said the relationship between Britain and America is the strongest that it has ever been.
And I believe that's because -- working together as closely as at any point in our history.
And together I'm confident that we can help secure the future -- nations and the world for generations to come thank you.
Thank you very.
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