- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 1, 2009

LONDON (AP) - President Barack Obama says world leaders must not fall back on “stale debates and false divides” as they strive to overcome the global economic crisis.

Appearing with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown at a news conference during high-level talks in London, Obama vowed that the United States is doing all it can to revive its own economy and is anxious to work with others on theirs.

The president declared that all nations _ not just those attending the G-20 summit _ have a “responsibility to act with a sense of urgency” on the continuing global business slump.

Obama said he was confident that a “consensus is emerging” on how to proceed.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

LONDON (AP) _ President Barack Obama says he looks forward to a productive G-20 summit and making “as much progress as we have seen in a very long time” while in London.

Obama said Tuesday he hopes the countries leave the financial summit with a sense of coordination and a recognition that they are all in it together. Meeting with his U.S. advisers and members of his Cabinet, Obama joked that preparing for the summit was a challenge: “Sometimes I know it’s like herding cats.”

Obama is on an eight-day trip to Europe. He will also visit France, Germany, the Czech Republic and Turkey.

He was set to meet with British Prime Minister later Monday and take questions from reporters.



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