Britain and the US sometimes forget about their own relationship as they focus on global issues, visiting US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Monday.
Tillerson was in the British capital for talks with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, with both men stressing the closeness of the relationship, reports Xinhua.
The two met at the Foreign Secretary’s official London residence in Carlton Gardens.
In what was seen as a gesture for both countries to keep an eye on their own bilateral relationship described by Tillerson as enduring, the top US diplomat said: “We spend a lot of time talking about the world’s problems, whether it’s North Korea, Syria, or Yemen, and sometimes we forget about the importance of our own relationship.”
“Both from a security standpoint, but also from an economic standpoint, we need to pay attention to that relationship and the importance of this relationship on a bilateral basis, as well while we work together in common cause to address some of these serious conflicts around the world that confront both of our nations,” Tillerson said.
Johnson described the relationship between the US and the UK as absolutely fundamental not only to diplomacy, but also to the economy.
“There are a million people who go to work in the United States every day who are employed by British companies, as there are 1.2 million who go to work every day in this country who are employed by American companies. There is no other economic relationship like it,” said Johnson.