Date
19 July 2018
UK Prime Minister Theresa May addresses a gathering in Philadelphia in the United States on Thursday. Photo: Reuters
UK Prime Minister Theresa May addresses a gathering in Philadelphia in the United States on Thursday. Photo: Reuters

British PM cautions US against withdrawing from world affairs

Britain’s prime minister cautioned the United States against withdrawing from world affairs, saying US and UK have a responsibility to lead together as they redefine their roles in the world.

“We can either be passive bystanders, or we can take the opportunity once more to lead,” Theresa May said in a speech in Philadelphia on Thursday, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The British leader told a gathering of US House and Senate Republicans that the US and UK can’t afford to stand idly by when it is in their interests to intervene in foreign affairs.

Describing the relationship between the two nations as one of the “greatest forces for progress this world has ever known”, May indicated that she is concerned about US President’s Donald Trump’s “America First” policy.

On Russia, May said her advice for working with President Vladimir Putin was “engage but beware”, the Journal reports.

Britain and the US should engage with Putin from “a position of strength”, she said.

The remarks came ahead of a meeting Friday between May and Trump at the White House.

The two leaders differ on critical issues up for discussion, including the Iran nuclear deal, which Trump rejects.

On trade, May said the UK will act as “one of the strongest and most forceful advocates for business, free markets and free trade anywhere around the globe,” a view that is at odds with Trump’s key platforms, the Journal noted.

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