Tillerson to make first UK visit in solidarity over attack

Published July 13, 2020, 12:37 AM

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London, United Kingdom | AFP | Thursday 5/26/2017 – 00:25 UTC+8 | 206 words


US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will make his first official visit to Britain on Friday in an expression of solidarity following the Manchester terror attack, the Foreign Office in London said.

Relations between London and Washington have been strained by repeated leaks emanating from the United States of shared material from the British investigation into Monday’s suicide bombing at a pop concert, which killed 22 people.

The visit to meet his British counterpart, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, will be “an expression of UK-US solidarity following the terrorist attack in Manchester”, the Foreign Office said.

During the visit, they will write messages of condolence for the victims of the attack, and “hold talks on a range of foreign policy issues” before delivering short statements to media.

US President Donald Trump has described the intelligence leaks as “deeply troubling” and threatened to prosecute those responsible, after a warning by British Prime Minister Theresa May to keep shared data “secure”.

The pair met at the summit of NATO allies in Brussels on Thursday.

The British government has voiced its fury at the release in US media of details from the investigation.

Arriving in Brussels, May warned that intelligence sharing with the United States was “built on trust”.