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Romney to meet Israeli leaders

The Republican US presidential candidate Mitt Romney touched down in Tel Aviv last night as part of a three-nation foreign tour that includes Britain and Poland. He hopes it will boost his credentials to direct US national security and diplomacy.

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The Prime Minister invites Mitt Romney into Number 10

Prime Minister David Cameron today met the Republican candidate for US president Mitt Romney today Credit: REUTERS/Jason Reed

David Cameron today met the Republican candidate for US president Mitt Romney during his campaigning and fundraising visit to London.

Mr Romney told the Prime Minister he was inspired by the enthusiasm of the British people who have lined the route of the Olympic torch relay ahead of tomorrow's opening ceremony.

Mr Cameron and Mr Romney shook hands warmly as they began their talks in the White Room of Number 10.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney enters Number 10 Credit: REUTERS/Jason Reed

Mr Cameron has faced questions over his willingness to have talks with an election candidate - particularly after he refused to meet Francois Hollande, the Socialist challenger and eventual victor in the French presidential election, earlier this year.

At the time, Mr Cameron's official spokesman said the "usual procedure" was for the Prime Minister not to meet candidates in elections in foreign countries.

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