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Obama, Cameron dampen US-British prickliness on BP Gulf oil spill

President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron discussed the BP Gulf oil spill by phone Saturday. While the talk was cordial, the US has not let up its pressure on BP.

President Barack Obama talks on the phone in the Oval Office with British Prime Minister David Cameron on Saturday. The two leaders discussed the BP Gulf oil spill.

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

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While each kept an eye on the US-England World Cup soccer match Saturday, President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron tried to dampen any rhetorical prickliness between their two countries over the BP Gulf oil spill.

In a half hour phone call Saturday, the two leaders in essence were reaffirming the "special relationship" enjoyed by the United States and Great Britain for generations.

Cameron's Downing Street office later described the conversation as "warm and constructive."

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The recently-elected prime minister "expressed his sadness at the ongoing human and environmental catastrophe," according to a statement, while also pointing out BP's global economic importance - including to Americans, who hold a large portion of the oil giant's stocks (which have sunk in value since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, sank, and began spewing oil into the Gulf of Mexico).

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