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British PM Cameron visits 9/11 memorial in NY

British PM David Cameron visits 9/11 memorial in New York By The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) ' British Prime Minister David Cameron visited the 9/11 memorial in New York on Thursday, touching the bronze plaques inscribed with victims' names and gazing into the pools of water where the twin towers stood

Cameron and his wife, Samantha, were joined by Charles Wolf, whose Welsh-born wife Katherine died at the trade center.

At least 67 citizens of the United Kingdom died at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

Wolf, whose wife had started a job with professional services firm Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc. at the trade center just three weeks before she was killed, said it was an honor to meet Cameron.

"It was very, very nice for both he and his wife to come," Wolf said after their meeting. "It was very personal as well as being official."

The Camerons also toured One World Trade Center, the skyscraper under construction at the site, and admired the view from the 21st floor.

Samantha Cameron, who was in New York on business on the day of the attacks, said the memories "will stay with me forever."

"I just couldn't believe it had happened and to see the aftermath and the effect on the city was just so shocking. I often think about the people who died and their families, I am glad I have been able to come and pay my respects properly today," she said, as she toured ground zero.

Cameron met later with students at New York University, taking questions about everything from the Syrian conflict to Scottish independence.

He highlighted the "special relationship" that the U.S. and Britain enjoy and said his country should be increasing trade with its traditional partners like the U.S.

His flight back to England was scheduled for late Thursday.

Cameron arrived in the U.S. on Tuesday, and his trip included a college basketball game with President Barack Obama and a state dinner at the White House.

The two leaders discussed the war in Afghanistan at a joint appearance on Wednesday, saying 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.

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