Page 30


Obama with his inner circle: Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel

Today we face tests to this order—terrorism and aggression, n 1939, president Franklin D Roosevelt offered a toast to King George VI in the White House. 'I am persuaded migration and economic headwinds— challenges that can only that the greatest single contribution our two countries be met if the United States and the United Kingdom can rely on have been enabled to make to civilisation and to the welfare one another, on our special relationship and on the partnerships of peoples throughout the world,' he said, 'is the example we that lead to progress. We must be resolute and adaptive in our efforts to prevent have jointly set by our manner of conducting relations between terrorist attacks against our people and to our two nations.' Nearly 80 years later, the United continue the progress we are making to “We must work to Kingdom remains a friend and ally to the roll back the threat posed by Islamic State (ISIL) until it is destroyed. United States like no other. Our special resolve political relationship was forged as we spilt blood We must work to resolve political conflicts in the Middle together on the battlefield. It was fortified conflicts in the Middle East—from Yemen as we built and sustained the architecture to Syria to Libya—so that there is a prospect East—from Yemen to for advancing stability and prosperity in for increased stability. We must continue Syria to Libya—so that to invest in Nato so that we can meet our Europe and our democratic values around the globe. From the ashes of war, those who overseas commitments from Afghanistan there is a prospect for came before us had the foresight to create to the Aegean and reassure allies who are increased stability” the international institutions and initiatives rightly concerned about Russian aggression. to sustain a prosperous peace: the United And we must continue to promote global Nations and Nato; Bretton Woods, the growth so that our young people can Marshall Plan and the European Union. Their efforts provided achieve greater opportunity and prosperity. a foundation for democracy, open markets and the rule of law, The question of whether or not the UK remains a part of the while underwriting more than seven decades of relative peace EU is a matter for British voters to decide for themselves. That and prosperity in Europe. said, when President Roosevelt toasted our special relationship


MAY / JUNE 2016

Global Citizen 32  

Barack Obama graces the cover of the May/June issue of Global Citizen magazine. A niche business and luxury lifestyle title for high net wor...

Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you