President Barack Obama is welcoming British Prime Minister David Cameron to the White House with all of the pomp of a State visit as the allies stress their unity in dealing with conflicts around the globe, The Associated Press reported.
According to the news outlet, the two leaders met to discuss the strategy that the U.S. will employ in East Asia, as Obama sought to reassure Cameron that a joint approach would be used at a formal White House dinner.
The AP reported that the serious talks follow a more relaxed day in which Obama and Cameron flew to Dayton, Ohio, to watch an NCAA tournament college basketball game – a new experience for the Prime Minister.
The two leaders will discuss the upcoming NATO and G-8 summits on Wednesday, along with the situation in Afghanistan, the Middle East and China.
USA Today reported that the two leaders joked about the relationship between the two countries, as this year represents the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. After a ceremonial playing of both nations’ national anthems, Cameron and Obama went in to the White House to discuss the issues facing the countries.