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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Brown, Bush Have First Formal Meeting

CAMP DAVID, Maryland -- U.S. President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who have not yet established their own political relationship, instead point to how much their nations have in common.

The alliance of the United States and Britain, though, has long been shaped by personal ties -- Roosevelt and Churchill, Reagan and Thatcher, Bush and Blair. Now Bush and Brown will find out how much they can do.

Brown arrived Sunday at Camp David, the president forested getaway 115 kilometers north of Washington. It is their first official sit-down, although they have met before.

During a private dinner Sunday and more meetings Monday morning, the two leaders were talking strategy on the war in Iraq, killings in Darfur and stalled global trade talks.

The timing of the meeting comes as the two leaders head in different political directions.

Brown took power just a month ago, with strong early marks for his response to terror threats and catastrophic flooding at home. He faces the tricky task of helping Bush tackle world crises without getting aligned too closely with a U.S. leader scorned in Britain.

Brown was later to leave for New York, where he will hold talks with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and deliver a speech to the United Nations.