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PM welcomes Danish Prime Minister to Number 10

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Prime Minister David Cameron has welcomed the Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen to Number 10

The two Prime Minister’s held an “excellent meeting” where they refreshed and renewed the strong relationship between the two countries.

The meeting focused on their “shared outlook” on Europe and tackling their budget deficits.

In a press conference following their meeting, Mr Cameron said that the EU budget could not carry on rising at a time when member states were having to take tough action to get their national finances in order.

He said:

As we reduce our deficits, I think it is very important that we both argue to make sure that the European budget is, over time, reduced rather than increased.

We cannot ask our members of the public to pay more in the UK and have to pay more in Europe as well.

The two men also discussed the situation in Afghanistan where Danish troops are fighting alongside the British in Helmand province. 

Mr Cameron said that both countries were “absolutely aligned” in their commitment to building up the Afghan army and police to enable them to take responsibility for their own security.

The PM and Danish Prime Minister will next meet at the Autumn European Council meetings.