Security tops mayoral minds meeting

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Published: Saturday 14th February 2015 by The News Editor

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Security has topped the agenda at talks between Boris Johnson and his New York counterpart Bill de Blasio.

London’s mayor finally met the left-wing New York City leader on the last day of his US visit after the original plans for a discussion were postponed when Mr de Blasio suffered a cold – despite him being spotted at an event the same evening.

Although Mr Johnson was on a trade mission across the East Coast, much of the six-day visit had been dominated by talks on how to tackle the increased terror threat in major cities.

Mr Johnson also took the opportunity to pay tribute to those killed in the September 11 attacks, insisting Britain and America will “never to give in to those who mean us harm”.

The mayor was given a tour of the memorial created to mark the 2001 tragedy by co-founder of the Tribute Centre Lee Ielpi, whose firefighter son Jonathan died trying to save others.

He left flowers with a message that read: “The people of London will never forget the thousands who lost their lives on 9/11 2001.

“We honour the memory. We remember the sufferings of their families and all the bereaved. Our two cities embody the highest values of our civilisation: freedom, democracy, pluralism amd tolerance.

“We are jointly resolved never to compromise those values and never to give in to those who mean us harm.”

Published: Saturday 14th February 2015 by The News Editor

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