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UK official: US is difficult to deal with on G-20

UK official: US is difficult to deal with on G-20

Britain's top civil servant was quoted Tuesday as saying the U.K. is finding it difficult to work with the new U.S. administration on the upcoming Group of 20 summit.
Whitehall and Westminster World, a respected British political Web site, reported that Gus O'Donnell said Britain is having trouble dealing with the U.S. Treasury on the details.
"There is nobody there," O'Donnell was quoted as saying. "You cannot believe how difficult it is."
O'Donnell, the head of Britain's civil service, is reported to have made the comments at a conference of government workers in northeastern England on Monday.
The G-20 summit of industrialized and developing economies takes place in London on April. 2. It follows a G-20 summit in Washington in November.
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has said the summit will be a key forum for decisions on how best to revive the global economy. President Barack Obama will make his first visit to Europe since taking office to attend.
But O'Donnell said that the usual delays between a new President's inauguration and the appointment of government officials _ particularly to the U.S. Treasury _ had caused complications.
Brown's office said the civil service chief had been attempting to illustrate differences between America and Britain _ where civil servants have permanent jobs, and are not political appointees.
"We have a very good and close working relationship with the U.S. on the G-20 and other issues," said Brown's spokesman Michael Ellam.


Updated : 2021-02-25 11:01 GMT+08:00