NEW YORK — British Prime Minister David Cameron is finishing his official trip to the United States with a visit to the New York City area that includes a meeting at the New York Stock Exchange and a conversation with students at New York University.
A day after his joint appearance with President Barack Obama, in which the two men discussed the war in Afghanistan, Cameron will also make a sojourn to the World Trade Center site and the memorial for the lives lost in the terrorist attack that led to that war.
Cameron is scheduled to arrive in the city from Washington around 10 a.m. Thursday. His first stop will be across the Hudson River, in New Jersey’s largest city.
Cameron is expected to meet with Newark Mayor Cory Booker to hear about some of the city’s programs for education, economic development and child and family support that could be replicated in Great Britain.
After that visit, his schedule takes him to the World Trade Center site and the Sept. 11 memorial.
In the afternoon, Cameron is slated to meet with students in a question-and-answer session at New York University. His flight back to England is late Thursday night.
Cameron arrived in the U.S. on Tuesday. His trip included a college basketball game with Obama as well as a state dinner at the White House.
The two leaders discussed the war in Afghanistan at a joint appearance on Wednesday. They said that NATO forces would hand over the lead combat role to Afghanistan forces next year as the U.S. and its allies aim to get out by the end of 2014.
The announcement came after the war effort was rocked by the burnings of Qurans at a U.S. base, deadly protests against Americans and a shooting rampage, allegedly by a U.S. soldier, that left 16 Afghan civilians dead.
Obama, 50, and Cameron, 45, appeared to enjoy each other’s company, and also exchanged gifts. The Obamas gave the Camerons a wood- and charcoal-burning grill engraved with American and British friendship flags, complete with his-and-her White House chef jackets embroidered with the Camerons’ names.
First Lady Michelle Obama also gave Cameron’s wife, Samantha, a crystal vase of White House honey. And the Cameron children got bean bag chairs embroidered with their names and the presidential seal.
The Camerons reciprocated by giving the Obamas a pingpong table.