British Foreign Secretary William Hague welcomed the new US Ambassador and spoke about the economic ties between Britain and America. The Foreign Secretary also spoke about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
[S]ince the 18th century our two countries have formed not just one unbreakable bond, but a series of ties at every level of society from politicians to pop stars, which bind our people through a cultural affinity that stretches back for generations.
And I think this is about more than just nostalgia. This relationship also serves our hard-headed national interests, keeping our people safe and furthering their prosperity through the indispensible sharing of intelligence that I see every day you know about the cooperation between our armed forces that I value every day, and the vast trade in goods and services that flows across the Atlantic every day.
As we look to the future our task is clear: to make what is an incredibly close relationship even closer; and to ensure that ours is a partnership that remains vibrant and relevant in the 21st century, one that has a positive impact on the lives of our people, and is about embracing the future as well as treasuring the past.
Graphic: an infographic from the British Embassy in Washington D.C. - click to enlarge.