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Brown’s “dream call” from Obama

Hasan Suroor

LONDON: Prime Minister Gordon Brown had one of his most longed-for wishes granted when he became the first European leader to receive a phone call from the new U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday trumping his French and German “rivals”, President Nicolas Sarkozy and Chancellor Angela Merkel. For weeks, there had been speculation as to who among the three would be granted the privilege of being the first to have a chat with the new President and, at one stage, Mr. Sarkozy appeared to be in the “lead”.

But, in the end, Mr. Brown beat him to it prompting claims that it underlined the strength of Britain’s “special relationship” with America. Observers noted that the unexpected call from the White House came a day after Mr. Brown mentioned Mr. Obama nearly half a dozen times while answering questions in the Commons.

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