British PM Calls On US to Reject Protectionism

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
** FILE ** In this Friday, May 2, 2008 file photo, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown speaks to the media at 10 Downing Street, London. Bruised at the ballot box and savaged by critics in his own ranks, Britain's beleaguered Prime Minister Gordon Brown is plotting a political comeback _ armed with a raft of new policies and pondering a surprising proposal to become a reality television star. (AP Photo/Sang Tan, WPA Pool)

** FILE ** In this Friday, May 2, 2008 file photo, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown speaks to the media at 10 Downing Street, London. Bruised at the ballot box and savaged by critics in his own ranks, Britain's beleaguered Prime Minister Gordon Brown is plotting a political comeback _ armed with a raft of new policies and pondering a surprising proposal to become a reality television star. (AP Photo/Sang Tan, WPA Pool)

London (AP) British Prime Minister Gordon brown will be among the leaders of the group of 20 world economies attending a summit in Washington this weekend.

Today, he appeared to issue an appeal to Washington – and indirectly to the incoming Obama administration -- to avoid perceived moves toward protectionism in response to the world financial crisis.

In his foreign policy speech to London's Lord Mayor's banquet brown said he hoped president-elect Obama can lead radical reforms of the global institutions, including the international monetary fund and the World Bank.

Brown has recently called for a greater future role in world institutions for China and oil-rich Persian Gulf states. And he said that the current financial turmoil could eventually be seen as what he termed the “birth pangs of a new global order.”

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