US President Barack Obama to meet British PM Theresa May at G-20 summit in China

US President Barack Obama delivers remarks to the Pacific Islands Conference of Leaders at the East West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, on Aug 31, 2016.
US President Barack Obama delivers remarks to the Pacific Islands Conference of Leaders at the East West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, on Aug 31, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - United States President Barack Obama will meet British Prime Minister Theresa May on Sunday (Sept 4) on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in China, a White House official said on Friday.

It will be the first official meeting between the two leaders since Ms May took office in July after Mr David Cameron quit following the British vote to leave the European Union.

In Hangzhou, the two leaders "will discuss a range of bilateral and global issues, and, as close friends and steadfast allies, the United States and United Kingdom continue to enjoy an enduring special relationship", the official said.

Mr Obama had spoken out strongly against a Brexit, warning voters in the referendum their nation would go "to the back of the queue" for a US trade deal if they opted to leave.

Mr Obama is also scheduled to have a bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping during the G-20 meeting.

The US leader will also meet Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, with whom relations have become more complex following the country's intervention in Syria.