Oil Spill Not to Hurt U.S.-Britain Ties: U.S. Official
    2010-06-11 04:57:33     Xinhua      Web Editor: Zhang Jin
 
The huge oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is a matter between the U.S. government and a private company and not going to hurt U.S.-Britain relations, U.S. State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said Thursday.

"BP is a private company and this is about the impact of the tragedy ... not about the relations between the United States and its closest ally (Britain)," Crowley told reporters in a briefing.

"The British people understand the frustration and anger the American people are seeing in this. It is not going to affect our relationship," Crowley said.

Earlier, British Prime Minister David Cameron said that he will discuss BP's handling of the disaster with Obama when the two leaders are expected to hold a telephone conversation at the weekend.

"This is an environmental catastrophe. BP needs to do everything it can to deal with the situation and the UK government stands ready to help," Cameron said during a visit to Afghanistan.
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