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Cameron offers Obama condolences via video conferencing

David Cameron used video conferencing software to send a personal message of condolence to Barack Obama after the Newtown shootings.

According to whitehouse.gov, the Prime Minister had a lengthy video chat with Obama on Tuesday (December 18th) and was keen to share his nation’s grief at the news. Obama reportedly asked Cameron to pass on a message of thanks for support that British citizens offered.

The pair communicate via video conferencing regularly to discuss a number of issues which affect both nations. During this particular conversation, the two leaders also reportedly discussed concerns regarding goings-on in Syria, Afghanistan and Iran; both expressing their significant concern over Syria’s ongoing violence, in particular.

It’s unknown whether Obama asked for advice on gun laws, but belfasttelegraph.com reports that the President does appear willing to change his stance.

“The fact that this problem is complex can no longer be an excuse for doing nothing. The fact that we can’t prevent every act of violence doesn’t mean we can’t steadily reduce the violence,” he reportedly said yesterday.

Cameron wasn’t the only high-profile bit to offer solace to America during this difficult period, as Her Royal Majesty the Queen expressed her sadness at the situation too.

Saying she was “deeply shocked and saddened” at the news, the Queen confirmed that Britain’s prayers were with the American people.