Brown Bags First Euro Call, Visit From New President

Obama rings Britain's Brown to discuss Afghanistan, economy
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 24, 2009 7:01 AM CST
Brown Bags First Euro Call, Visit From New President
Barack Obama is seen with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, in the garden of Number 10 Downing Street, London, England, Saturday, July 26, 2008.    (AP Photo/ Peter Macdiarmid, Pool)

Gordon Brown was the proud recipient of Barack Obama's first European phone call as president, the Guardian reports. The two leaders spoke for 15 minutes and discussed the need to make Afghanistan a priority. Obama, whose first overseas calls as president were to Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli PM Ehud Olmert, had earlier spoken to Saudi and Canadian leaders.

Obama and Brown also discussed the financial crisis and the situation in Zimbabwe in a "friendly and substantive" chat, a spokesman for the British prime minister said. Brown is expected to be the first European leader get a presidential visit when Obama attends the G20 summit in London this April. Nicolas Sarkozy's office confirmed that the French president is still waiting for a call from Obama. (More Obama administration stories.)

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