David Cameron telephoned Barack Obama yesterday to congratulate him on securing a second term in the White House.

In a posting on his Twitter page, Mr Cameron said the President spoke of the "outstanding partnership" between the US and Britain.

Mr Cameron's official spokesman said the call lasted five minutes.

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"The Prime Minister congratulated President Obama on his election victory after a long and hard-fought campaign," said the spokesman.

"The President spoke of the outstanding partnership between the UK and the US.

"They agreed they would have a longer conversation soon on a number of strategic issues, including what more the international community can do to end the conflict in Syria and to support the development of peaceful democracy in Libya."