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Utenriksminister David Milliband gjorde alle forventninger om et mer distansert forhold til USA til skamme. I sin første større utenrikspolitiske tale sa Milliband at forholdet til USA blir viktigere enn noensinne.

Det kom som en overraskelse. Flere medlemmer av regjeringen har antydet at Storbritannia ikke lenger vil pleie det spesielle forholdet, som det omtales som. Tony Blair ble nærmest mobbet som Bushs puddel. Aversjonen mot Irak-deltakelsen har skapt forventninger om større avstand til Washington. Milliband er fremstilt som en motstander av Irak-krigen.

Desto større ble overraskelsen da han sa at intet forhold er viktigere for Storbritannias utenrikspolitikk.

«If we want Britain to be a global hub we need a strong relationship with the leading global power. The US is our single most important bilateral partnership, yes because of shared values, but also because of political reality,» he said, in a speech at Chatham House, the foreign policy think tank in London.

Mr Miliband said that because of America’s size it had the capacity to more good than any country in the world on issues ranging from climate change to development and the search for peace in the Middle East.

He made it clear that Britain’s relationship with America could never be replaced by its ties with the European Union, which he described as an «asset» for economic cooperation, police work and joint foreign policy. He said that the EU should set battling climate change as its next major goal.

But he described the alliance with the US as one that would grow and deepen over time. Mr Miliband predicted that over the next two decades, with the growing strength of China and India, the relationship with America would become «more not less important».

Miliband commits to US ‘special relationship’