The two sat and talked in the beautiful back garden of Downing Street. The conversation between Mr. Brown and Mr. Obama is expected to build on a meeting the two had in Washington in April 2008 – at the time the meeting was described as ‘warm and wide-ranging’.
Last weekend both men were in Iraq – Brown on Saturday and Obama on Sunday – so they didn’t bump into each other.
Since they’ve both made recent trips to the Middle East they have plenty to discuss – including troop withdrawal from Iraq.
After Obama’s successful tour of the Middle East and Europe, Britain’s political elite will be hoping to get great photo ops with him – if his trip had not been successful some of the British leaders would have been conveniently ‘not available’. Senator Obama will also meet with several MPs while at Downing Street.
Mr. Blair’s new role gave the two men lots to talk about. Obama has put the resolution of the Palestinian-Israeli question at the heart of his foreign policy – pledging to ‘roll his sleeves up’ from the moment he takes office, if elected.
The House of Commons is the lower house of the British Parliament (and more powerful than the upper house, also known as the House of Lords). Both Commons and Lords meet in the Palace of Westminster. The Commons is a democratically elected body — consisting of 646 members, who are known as ‘Members of Parliament’ or MPs.