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Obama, Cameron vow partnership; urge Iran to 'meet its obligations or face the consequences'

Cameron and Obama also condemned what they called "horrific violence against innocent civilians" by the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

In a joint article for yesterday's Washington Post, United States President Barack Obama and United Kingdom’s Prime Minister David Cameron stressed the two countries’ historical partnership and vowed to extend the relationship as the two work together on key international issues.

In the document, the two leaders sent a strong message to Iran: "meet its international obligations or face the consequences."

But stressed a peaceful solution remained on the top of the agenda. "We believe that there is time and space to pursue a diplomatic solution," they wrote.

“As members of the international community, we have been united in imposing tough sanctions on the Iranian regime for failing to meet its international obligations,” they explained.

Cameron and Obama also condemned what they called "horrific violence against innocent civilians" by the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and say they are seeking to prepare the ground for a change of power.

"With our international partners, we'll continue to tighten the noose around Assad and his cohorts, and we'll work with the opposition and United Nations-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan to plan for the transition that will follow Assad's departure from power," they say.

On Afghanistan, the two leaders said they will prepare for the upcoming NATO summit in Chicago "to determine the next phase of transition", with officials saying the meeting will be crucial in ensuring the US and Britain are in harmony on the timing of troop withdrawals.

"This includes shifting to a support role in advance of Afghans taking full responsibility for security in 2014 and ensuring that NATO maintains an enduring commitment," the editorial says.

Cameron will fly to Washington today eager to dispel concerns in Britain that its treasured "special relationship" with the United States has dimmed in recent years. The Prime minister's visit is his second since coming to power in 2010. It includes a state dinner and a trip on Air Force One to attend a basketball game.

"The alliance between the United States and Great Britain is a partnership of the heart, bound by the history, traditions and values we share," they say in the Washington Post.

"But what makes our relationship special — a unique and essential asset, for our nations and the world — is that we join hands across so many endeavours. Put simply, we count on each other and the world counts on our alliance."


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