Brown: No rift with Obama

GORDON BROWN denied reports of a rift with Barack Obama yesterday following reports Washington repeatedly rebuffed requests for a one-to-one meeting with the US president.

The prime minister, in New York for the UN, said he and Obama continued to have “the strongest working relationship and the strongest friendship”.

His comments came amid reports the White House rejected five separate requests for a bilateral meeting during the four days Brown is in the US for the UN and the G20 summit in Pittsburgh.

Brown said: “I am not only very confident about the strength of the relationship between our countries, I am very confident about the relationship between the two of us.

“I talked to President Obama. I talked to him before I came to the meetings here, I talked to him at the meetings. I had a long talk with him after Monday’s meeting. We are meeting today.”

Brown was apparently able to snatch some private “face time” with Obama only in a kitchen during a dinner with other leaders in New York.

Later Brown was set to face Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi for the first time since the release of the Lockerbie bomber from a Scottish jail.


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