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President Barack Obama calls British Prime Minister David Cameron from the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 11, 2010

President Barack Obama calls British Prime Minister David Cameron from the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 11, 2010

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Britain's new Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife, Samantha, on the doorstep of 10 Downing Street after an audience with The Queen at which she invited him to form a new government

Britain's new Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife, Samantha, on the doorstep of 10 Downing Street after an audience with The Queen at which she invited him to form a new government

Lewis Whyld

Britain's new Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife, Samantha, wave on the doorstep of 10 Downing Street after an audience with The Queen

Britain's new Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife, Samantha, wave on the doorstep of 10 Downing Street after an audience with The Queen

Lewis Whyld

New Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha meet Cabinet Secretary Gus O'Donnell in the Cabinet Room of 10 Downing Street, London, after an audience with The Queen at which she invited him to form a new government

New Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha meet Cabinet Secretary Gus O'Donnell in the Cabinet Room of 10 Downing Street, London, after an audience with The Queen at which she invited him to form a new government

Stefan Rousseau

Britain's new Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife, Samantha, stand in Downing Street after an audience with The Queen

Britain's new Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife, Samantha, stand in Downing Street after an audience with The Queen

Anthony Devlin

Britain's new Prime Minister David Cameron leaves Buckingham Palace after receiving an invitation from Britain's Queen Elizabeth II to form a new government

Britain's new Prime Minister David Cameron leaves Buckingham Palace after receiving an invitation from Britain's Queen Elizabeth II to form a new government

John Stillwell

Britain's new Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife, Samantha, stand in Downing Street

Britain's new Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife, Samantha, stand in Downing Street

Anthony Devlin

Britain's new Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife, Samantha, stand in Downing Street

Britain's new Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife, Samantha, stand in Downing Street

Anthony Devlin

Britain's new Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife, Samantha, stand in Downing Street after an audience with The Queen at which she invited him to form a new government

Britain's new Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife, Samantha, stand in Downing Street after an audience with The Queen at which she invited him to form a new government

Anthony Devlin

The official Buckingham Palace document released by the press office, announcing Queen Elizabeth II's request for David Cameron to form a new administration

The official Buckingham Palace document released by the press office, announcing Queen Elizabeth II's request for David Cameron to form a new administration

John Stillwell

Britain's new Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife, Samantha, wave on the doorstep of 10 Downing Street

Britain's new Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife, Samantha, wave on the doorstep of 10 Downing Street

Lewis Whyld

Britain's new Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife, Samantha, on the doorstep of 10 Downing Street

Britain's new Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife, Samantha, on the doorstep of 10 Downing Street

Lewis Whyld

Staff listen to  British Prime Minister Gordon Brown making a statement as he leaves Downing Street on May 11, 2010 in London, England

Staff listen to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown making a statement as he leaves Downing Street on May 11, 2010 in London, England

Jeff J Mitchell

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II greets David Cameron at Buckingham Palace in an audience to invite him to be the next Prime Minister

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II greets David Cameron at Buckingham Palace in an audience to invite him to be the next Prime Minister

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II greets David Cameron at Buckingham Palace in an audience to invite him to be the next Prime Minister

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II greets David Cameron at Buckingham Palace in an audience to invite him to be the next Prime Minister

WPA Pool

The new Prime Minister David Cameron leaves Buckingham Palace on May 11, 2010 in London, England

The new Prime Minister David Cameron leaves Buckingham Palace on May 11, 2010 in London, England

Matt Cardy

Prime Minister David Cameron and wife Samantha Cameron stand on the steps of Downing Street

Prime Minister David Cameron and wife Samantha Cameron stand on the steps of Downing Street

Dan Kitwood

Prime Minister Gordon Brown, his wife Sarah and their sons James Fraser and John leave Downing Street on May 11, 2010 in London, England. After five days of negotiation a Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government has been confirmed

Prime Minister Gordon Brown, his wife Sarah and their sons James Fraser and John leave Downing Street on May 11, 2010 in London, England. After five days of negotiation a Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government has been confirmed

Prime Minister Gordon Brown gives a statement outside 10 Downing Street

Prime Minister Gordon Brown gives a statement outside 10 Downing Street

Prime Minister Gordon Brown has announced his resignation

Prime Minister Gordon Brown has announced his resignation

Prime Minister Gordon Brown speaks about the current state of Government and announces that he will step down as Labour leader, outside number 10 Downing Street on May 10, 2010 in London

Prime Minister Gordon Brown speaks about the current state of Government and announces that he will step down as Labour leader, outside number 10 Downing Street on May 10, 2010 in London

Matt Cardy

Possible candidates to replace Gordon Brown as leader of the Labour Party (1st row, left - right) Harriet Harman, Alan Johnson, David Miliband (2nd row, left - right) Ed Balls, Jack Straw and Ed Miliband. David Miliband emerged as early favourite to take over from Gordon Brown as the next Labour leader, according to bookmakers. The Foreign Secretary is the front-runner in the Labour leadership contest with the bookmakers Paddy Power, William Hill and Ladbrokes.

Possible candidates to replace Gordon Brown as leader of the Labour Party (1st row, left - right) Harriet Harman, Alan Johnson, David Miliband (2nd row, left - right) Ed Balls, Jack Straw and Ed Miliband. David Miliband emerged as early favourite to take over from Gordon Brown as the next Labour leader, according to bookmakers. The Foreign Secretary is the front-runner in the Labour leadership contest with the bookmakers Paddy Power, William Hill and Ladbrokes.

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Television crews conduct interviews with politicians and journalists into the night adjacent to the Houses of Parliament on May 10, 2010

Television crews conduct interviews with politicians and journalists into the night adjacent to the Houses of Parliament on May 10, 2010

Oli Scarff

Gordon Brown jokes with David Miliband - the man who could now replace him as Labour leader

Gordon Brown jokes with David Miliband - the man who could now replace him as Labour leader

Foreign Secretary David Miliband leaves Downing Street on May 10, 2010 in London, England.

Foreign Secretary David Miliband leaves Downing Street on May 10, 2010 in London, England.

Dan Kitwood

William Hague, the Conservative Shadow Foreign Secretary, addresses media outside the Houses of Parliament on May 10, 2010

William Hague, the Conservative Shadow Foreign Secretary, addresses media outside the Houses of Parliament on May 10, 2010

Jeff J Mitchell

Electoral reform protesters demonstrate outside the Workers Foundation in Westminster on May 10, 2010 in London, England

Electoral reform protesters demonstrate outside the Workers Foundation in Westminster on May 10, 2010 in London, England

Oli Scarff

An electoral reform protester wears a mask depecting David Cameron as they gather outside the Workers Foundation in Westminster on May 10, 2010 in London, England

An electoral reform protester wears a mask depecting David Cameron as they gather outside the Workers Foundation in Westminster on May 10, 2010 in London, England

Christopher Furlong

An electoral reform protester wears a mask depecting David Cameron as they gather outside the Workers Foundation in Westminster on May 10, 2010 in London, England

An electoral reform protester wears a mask depecting David Cameron as they gather outside the Workers Foundation in Westminster on May 10, 2010 in London, England

Christopher Furlong

Conservative Party education spokeman Michael Gove gestures to a colleague at Parliament on May 10, 2010 in London, England

Conservative Party education spokeman Michael Gove gestures to a colleague at Parliament on May 10, 2010 in London, England

Peter Macdiarmid

Conservative Party education spokeman Michael Gove (L) talks with former Liberal Democrat MP Lembit Opik at Parliament on May 10

Conservative Party education spokeman Michael Gove (L) talks with former Liberal Democrat MP Lembit Opik at Parliament on May 10

Peter Macdiarmid

Hilary Benn, the Environment Secretary, leaves Downing Street following a cabinet meeting on May 10, 2010 in London, England

Hilary Benn, the Environment Secretary, leaves Downing Street following a cabinet meeting on May 10, 2010 in London, England

Matt Cardy

Peter Hain, the Welsh secretary, leaves Downing Street following a cabinet meeting on May 10, 2010

Peter Hain, the Welsh secretary, leaves Downing Street following a cabinet meeting on May 10, 2010

Matt Cardy

Secretary of State for Health Andy Burnham arrives for a cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street, London on May 10, 2010 in London

Secretary of State for Health Andy Burnham arrives for a cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street, London on May 10, 2010 in London

Matt Cardy

Harriet Harman, Labour's deputy leader leaves Downing Street following a cabinet meeting on May 10, 2010 in London, England

Harriet Harman, Labour's deputy leader leaves Downing Street following a cabinet meeting on May 10, 2010 in London, England

Matt Cardy

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President Barack Obama calls British Prime Minister David Cameron from the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 11, 2010

President Obama thanked Gordon Brown for his "friendship" and "strong leadership" today while congratulating his successor David Cameron and inviting him to Washington.

Mr Obama was among the first of the world leaders to call David Cameron after the Tory leader returned from Buckingham Palace as Prime Minister.

In a statement, Mr Obama said he looked forward to meeting the new UK premier, stressing the continuing importance of the "special relationship".

Here is President Obama's statement in full:

"Today, I was pleased to call David Cameron to extend my personal congratulations for the successful campaign that he ran and for becoming the new British Prime Minister.

"As I told the Prime Minister, the United States has no closer friend and ally than the United Kingdom, and I reiterated my deep and personal commitment to the special relationship between our two countries - a bond that has endured for generations and across party lines, and that is essential to the security and prosperity of our two countries, and the world.

"I look forward to meeting with the Prime Minister at the G8/G20 meetings in June, and Michelle and I invited Prime Minister Cameron and his wife Samantha to visit Washington this summer.

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"I also send my best wishes to Gordon Brown, and thank him for his friendship and his distinguished service as Prime Minister.

"He provided strong leadership during challenging times, and I have been grateful for his partnership.

"This historic election has been closely followed by the American people, and I have no doubt that the ties between our two countries will continue to thrive in the years to come."


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