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US ambassador hails special relationship with UK

Matthew Barzun Image copyright University of Dundee
Image caption Matthew Barzun said the special relationship was "not only relevant, but necessary"

The US ambassador to the UK has praised the enduring nature of the "special relationship" between the countries at a public lecture in Dundee.

Matthew Barzun told the Dundee University event that by working in partnership "we can rise to meet our greatest challenges."

The lecture marked the 70th anniversary of Winston Churchill coining the phrase to highlight the countries' close ties.

The event was held in conjunction with the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

The ambassador, who was appointed to the role in 2013, told the audience that the special relationship remained "not only relevant, but necessary".

He said: "In the face of global trends and unexpected political shifts on both sides of the Atlantic, it is easy to see ourselves as powerless to affect the trajectory of our common life.

"And yet the power to change in a democracy lies, as it always has, in ourselves.

"The people of the US and the UK have shown over generations that by listening to each other and working together in partnership, we can rise to meet our greatest challenges."

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