US na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser sees few im­me­di­ate Brexit con­cerns

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Wash­ing­ton: US Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­viser Susan Rice said on Sun­day that there are “rel­a­tively few” im­me­di­ate se­cu­rity con­cerns stem­ming from Bri­tain’s vote to leave the Euro­pean Union, but the United States will work to en­sure con­tin­ued USUK co-op­er­a­tion on counter-ter­ror­ism and other se­cu­rity is­sues. Ms Rice, in a fo­rum at the Aspen Ideas Fes­ti­val in Aspen, Colorado, said that the United States and Bri­tain would “re­main the clos­est part­ners and al­lies,” while the need for NATO mem­bers to “stay latched up will be even greater.” “We will do all we can to en­sure that the ar­eas in which we are co­op­er­at­ing - counter-ter­ror­ism, you name it, will re­main solid,” Ms Rice said. Asked what Pres­i­dent Barack Obama first told Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter David Cameron when they spoke by tele­phone last Fri­day af­ter the vote re­sult was an­nounced, Ms Rice replied: “Bum­mer.” She added the two lead­ers had talked through the po­ten­tial out­comes of the vote on sev­eral oc­ca­sions both in April when Pres­i­dent Obama vis­ited Bri­tain and urged a “re­main” vote, and at a G7 sum­mit in Ja­pan in late May.”

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