British Prime Minister David Cameron heads for Washington next week to meet with President Barack Obama in the wake of this week's terror attacks in France and last month's cyberattack on Sony Pictures. The White House announced Saturday Cameron is to arrive Thursday for a two-day visit that includes a working dinner Thursday and Oval Office meeting Friday. The U.S. and the U.K. worked closely in 2014 on some of the most pressing issues around the globe and the two leaders will discuss how to move forward in 2015.
“The two leaders will discuss a range of issues including economic growth, international trade, cybersecurity, Iran, ISIL, counterterrorism, Ebola and Russia’s actions in Ukraine,” a White House statement said.
The two leaders are close friends and Cameron described the British-American relationship as stronger than ever last week. He also told the Daily Mail Obama sometimes calls him “bro” and phones him directly at his office at 10 Downing Street. Obama has officially visited the U.K. four times during his presidency and he hosted Cameron at the White House in 2013.
Both leaders have a busy week ahead. Obama will speak at the Federal Trade Commission Monday to discuss consumer protections and promote efforts to combat identity theft while Cameron will attend a rally in Paris Sunday following this week’s terror attacks that left 17 dead. Most of the victims were employees at Charlie Hebdo, a Paris satirical publication that angered many Muslims with its depictions of Prophet Muhammad.
As Cameron and Obama share a dinner, the leaders of France and Germany have a scheduled meeting in Astana, Kazakhstan, with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss an end to the nine-month conflict that has devastated Ukraine. Both Obama and Cameron were key figures in last year’s efforts to sanction Russia for its alleged actions in Ukraine.