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US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will make his first official visit to the UK on Friday amid a transatlantic spat over intelligence leaks in the wake of Monday's deadly terror attack. reports citing CNN.

Tillerson is scheduled to meet his British counterpart, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, "in an expression of UK-US solidarity following the terrorist attack in Manchester earlier this week," a Foreign Office statement said.

It comes after senior UK government officials lambasted the US over a series of high-profile leaks to US media of details surrounding the Manchester bombing investigation.

US sources were the first to reveal the identity of the suspected suicide bomber, leading to concern that police efforts to hunt down his associates could be impacted. The leaks culminated in the New York Times publishing crime scene photos.

Tillerson and Johnson will meet in London at Carlton Gardens, the official residence of the Foreign Secretary. They will likely discuss a range of issues that include foreign policy; future action on terrorism; the UK's upcoming general election on June 8; and the improvement of trade ties as the UK looks to strengthen its hand in its Brexit withdrawal negotiations.

Tillerson and Johnson will also sign a condolence book for the victims of the Manchester attack.

2017.05.26 / 11:12
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