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British PM David Cameron schedules US visit

WASHINGTON: British Prime Minister David Cameron has scheduled two-day official visit to Washington to hold meetings with US President Barack Obama, the White House released statement on Saturday.

Both top political personalities will have a working dinner on January 15 and a meeting in the Oval Office the following day, Reuters reported on Sunday.

Cameron’s visit to emphasise bilateral ties with the US while the topics of the discussion will include trade and the economy, cybersecurity, Iran, counterterrorism and Islamic State, Ebola, and Russia’s actions in Ukraine, the statement said.

Britain, US would seek cooperation against internet-based cyber-attacks as a report by Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) said that the countries will highlight the threats to UK firms from such attacks.

According to White House press secretary Josh Earnest, ‘The United Kingdom is a uniquely close friend and steadfast ally, and the president looks forward to beginning the new year by working with Prime Minister Cameron on these issues and reaffirming the enduring special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom.’

Global economic outlook will also be the part of discussion during Cameron visit. A report by GCHQ out this week is expected to highlight the threat to UK firms from such attacks.

The cyber crimes came into discussions when UK paid costs estimated cyber attack incidents typically cost £600,000 to £1.5m to resolve while more than 80% of large UK companies reportedly experienced some form of security breach in 2014.

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