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Cameron, Clegg finalize coalition deal
LONDON, MAY 20 (Agencies):
Published on 21 May. 2010 12:03 AM IST
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Britain’s coalition government outlined a joint legislative program Thursday, promising support for the Afghanistan war, a new drive toward Middle East peace and a “close and frank” relationship with the United States.
According to the Associated Press, PM David Cameron and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg published details of the agreement struck between their Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties after the country’s inconclusive May 6 election. The deal promises to support enlargement of the U.N. Security Council, to review an extradition treaty between Britain and the U.S. seen by some as unfair, and to rule out joining - or even preparing for entry into - the European single currency.
Clegg’s party has long favored closer European ties and eventual British entry into the euro, a policy which is an anathema to Cameron’s deeply euroskeptic Conservatives. Cameron will hold talks in Paris with French President Nicolas Sarkozy later Thursday, and travel to meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Friday to discuss European ties and the continent’s fragile economy.
Clegg and Cameron’s joint government promises to support “concerted international efforts” to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon - but does not specify whether the Liberal Democrats will give up their policy to oppose any military action against Tehran. Their joint program promises to “maintain a strong, close and frank relationship with the United States,” but to bolster links with India and China, and focus on extending trading and diplomatic ties to fast growing economies beyond Europe or North America.

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