Special relationship with UK stronger than ever, says US ambassador

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Britain's special relationship with the United States is "stronger than ever" under Barack Obama, the American ambassador to London said today.

There has been speculation that Obama's foreign policy approach – and his personal history of his grandfather being tortured by British colonial authorities during the Mau Mau rebellion in Kenya – might lead to a cooler relationship than was the case when his predecessor George Bush and Tony Blair went to war together in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Louis Susman insisted that Obama regards the UK as "our most important ally and our best friend" and dismissed the recent row over the liberation of the Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi as "a little spat" of the kind that occurs in any happy marriage.

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