Mar. 13 - British Prime Minister Cameron arrives in the U.S. eager to dispel concerns in Britain that its ''special relationship'' with the United States has dimmed. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: British Prime Minister David Cameron arrives in the U.S. eager to dispel concerns in Britain that its treasured "special relationship" with the United States has dimmed in recent years as U.S. President Barack Obama pivots U.S. foreign policy towards Asia. In a joint editorial for Tuesday's Washington Post, the two leaders condemn "horrific violence against innocent civilians" by the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and say they are seeking to prepare the ground for a change of power. However, officials say there is unlikely to be much talk of arming rebel groups in Syria, with both leaders eager to stick to economic sanctions and diplomatic pressure. Obama and Cameron will also use this week's meetings to send a strong message to Iran to "meet its international obligations or face the consequences." The West believes Iran wants to build nuclear weapons, a charge denied by Tehran. On Afghanistan, the two leaders will prepare for the upcoming NATO summit in Chicago "to determine the next phase of transition," with officials saying the meeting will be crucial in ensuring the U.S. and Britain are in harmony on the timing of troop withdrawals.