The United States and Britain remain committed to supporting the so-called "Arab spring" - the series of uprisings sweeping the North African and Middle East region - and turning up the heat on embattled Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, President Barack Obama said Wednesday.
His comments came after meetings with British Prime Minister David Cameron. Obama said he intends to discuss support for democracy movements at the upcoming G8 summit Thursday.
"We will continue to strongly oppose the use of violence against protesters," said Obama at a joint news conference following talks with Cameron at his office, 10 Downing Street.
"That is one of the reasons we are working together in Libya," Obama said. "I do think we have made enormous progress in Libya. We have saved lives. Gadhafi and his regime need to understand there will not be a letup in the pressure we are applying."
The two men spoke before Obama was scheduled to address both houses of Britain's Parliament later Wednesday, the second day of a state visit blending pomp, ceremony and diplomacy. Obama's speech was described by a top aide as an anchor for his European trip.FULL STORY