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Tillerson to visit United Kingdom amid anger over Manchester investigation leaks

Tillerson GETTYRex Tillerson holds a joint press conference with Boris Johnson in London
Freda Brock | 27 May, 2017, 12:48

The Foreign Office said that Tillerson and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson will hold talks and write messages of condolence for the victims.

Speaking in London, an apologetic Tillerson expressed American "regrets" over the leaks, which have strained the relationship between Britain and the U.S.

The US secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, has flown to the United Kingdom to deliver in person an apology for leaks by US officials of details of the police investigation into the Manchester bombing.

"We seem to have difficulty assimilating those people so that they feel part of our society and would never consider supporting acts of violence against their fellow citizens and their fellow neighbours", Tillerson explained.

Washington D.C. [USA], May 26: Amidst a spat over intelligence leaks, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will make his first official visit to Britain on Friday to reaffirm Washington's commitment to London.

"Even as our ally and friend mourns, the fires for justice burn very hot in all of our hearts", he said.

As well as accepting blame for the leaks, the U.S. secretary of state also made a political point, claiming immigration presented a significant challenge in confronting acts of terrorism.

Condolence
GETTYMr Johnson and Mr Tillerson sign a book of condolence for the Manchester victims

The breakdown of trust between the two countries led to the brief suspension on the sharing of intelligence on Thursday.

In a statement released after Trump arrived at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation military alliance, the president said he would seek an official review to stop leaks that he said posed a serious security threat.

Trump condemned the leaks Thursday saying in a statement, "I am asking the Department of Justice and other relevant agencies to launch a complete review of this matter, and if appropriate, the culprit should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law".

The Manchester attack was perpetrated by Salman Abedi, a 22-year-old born and brought up in a Libyan family in the city he targeted.

The "special relationship" between London and Washington "will certainly withstand this particular unfortunate event", Tillerson added.

"ISIS worships death. In our mission to defeat ISIS, we are grateful for the help of people of all faiths and especially the many Muslim-majority countries who have joined us to win this fight", he said.

"It is what we should aspire to", Johnson said.

Quality, not quantity, matters as Manchester United seek to strengthen
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