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Arab Spring Overshadows Obama UK Visit

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TEHRAN, May 26 (ICANA) – On the second day of President Obama's state visit to the UK there were no more fun and games, it was straight down to business. He arrived at number ten Downing Street for talks with Prime Minister David Cameron.
Thursday, May 26, 2011 12:55:41 PM
Arab Spring Overshadows Obama UK Visit

At the top of the agenda was foreign policy, specifically Libya and Afghanistan. At a press conference, no mention was made of any other Arab countries. President Obama continued to put pressure on the Gaddafi regime to leave Libya.

He also reiterated his refusal to send ground troops into the country.

Meanwhile outside Parliament, a second day of protests was in progress. One group was vocal in demanding that British and American forces are removed from Muslim countries.

At the same time, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf group was angry at the double standards of America in sending troops to some countries but not others.

President Obama rounded off his trip by addressing both the Houses of Parliament. During his speech, he said that sanctions recently placed on Iran sent a message to its leaders.

He received a standing ovation from MPs and Lords. He will continue his tour of European countries when he arrives in France on Thursday.

During the President's visit, there were no surprises. As expected, there was a lot to be said about Afghanistan and Libya, but no mention of countries like Bahrain where anti government protesters are still facing oppression. The “essential relationship” between the UK and the US was Obama's focal point, but just how special it is has come under fire from protesters throughout these past two days.

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