KABUL, June 10 (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron said on Thursday that the British government stood ready to help BP (BP.L) with its clean up efforts following the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Cameron, who is visiting Afghanistan, said he completely understood U.S. frustration over what he called an “environmental catastrophe”. U.S. President Barack Obama has been a vocal critic of BP’s handling of the spill. “I’ve got a series of meetings and telephone calls and other contacts with the President coming up and I‘m sure that BP and what’s happened off the Gulf coast will be something we will discuss,” Cameron told reporters.
“This is an environmental catastrophe. BP needs to do everything it can to deal with the situation and the UK government stands ready to help. I completely understand the U.S. government’s frustration.”
“The most important thing is to try to mitigate the effects and get to grips with the problem. It’s something I will discuss with the American President when we next talk.” (Reporting by Adrian Croft; editing by Keith Weir)