Obama: U.S.-U.K.partnership "indispensable" in fast-changing world 

President Obama on Wednesday sought to define the American-British alliance as "indispensable" in leading a swiftly changing world even as Western nations face economic perils that threaten to undermine their standing on the global stage.

"Even as more nations take on the responsibilities of global leadership," Obama said, "our alliance will remain indispensable to the goal of a century that is more peaceful, more prosperous and more just. After a difficult decade that began with war and ended in recession, our nations have arrived at a pivotal moment once more."

Obama became the first U.S. president to speak from Westminster Hall, where British Parliament welcomed him with a warm but not overly enthusiastic reception.

Obama also vowed to keep the pressure on Libyan President Moammar Gadhafi, defending the NATO-led air strikes against the dictator.

“We embrace a broader responsibility,” he said. “And while we cannot stop every injustice, there are circumstances that cut through our caution – when a leader is threatening to massacre his people, and the international community is calling for action."

Administration officials touted the president’s speech at the anchor of a four-country European tour, which began in Ireland and will culminate with stops in France and Poland later this week.


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