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“I think all of us here in the United States were surprised, disappointed and angry about the release of the Lockerbie bomber,” he said. “So we welcome any additional information that will give us insights and a better understanding of why the decision was made.”

The British-U.S. “special relationship” has come under strain after an era in which Prime Minister Tony Blair of the Labor Party cultivated close ties with Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Many observers said Mr. Obama’s relationship with Mr. Cameron’s predecessor, Gordon Brown, appeared strained - a conclusion that was bolstered last year when Mr. Obama gave Mr. Brown a present of American film videos that weren’t compatible with a European DVD player.

Mr. Obama’s relationship with Mr. Cameron is already off to a better start, at least on the personal level. Both men told reporters they heartily enjoyed the beers they swapped last month after England tied the U.S. in soccer’s World Cup. They exchanged beers from their hometowns, both of which were consumed cold.