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June 9, 2015
Prime Minister David Cameron and President Barack Obama, June 17, 2015
Barack Obama has pressed David Cameron to maintain Britain's commitment to meeting the Nato target of spending 2% of GDP on defence.

Mr Cameron has not committed to the 2% benchmark beyond March 2016.
Any decision must "await Chancellor George Osborne's Spending Review in the autumn", he says....
Mr Osborne's demand last week for a further £500m in Ministry of Defence cuts has fuelled concerns that the UK may drop below the 2% level next year.
Following the talks between the two men at the Schloss Elmau castle in the Bavarian Alps, a Downing Street source said Mr Obama had "touched on" the issue of whether Britain would continue to meet the 2% target.
"The president underlined the importance of the UK and US as the two pillars of Nato, and said he accepted the fiscal challenge but hoped that the UK would find a way to meet it," said the source.
Asked if Mr Cameron had offered any assurances in response, the source declined to "give a running commentary", but said the PM had pointed to the numerous military operations around the world to which Britain has contributed.