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Obama tells U.K. of disappointment

From NBC's Simon Dedman and Domenico Montanaro
President Obama, in a call with the UK's Prime Minister Gordon Brown, expressed disappointment over the release of Lockerbie bomber Megrahi, according to the White House and a Downing Street official.

The Downing Street spokesperson told NBC News London that Brown told Obama that the decision was made entirely by the Scottish Justice Minister.

The spokesperson also said they were not surprised by Obama's stance, as he had made it public before.

When asked by NBC News if President Obama enquired as to whether any rumors over oil deals between Libya and the UK played had any truth or why Britain's Justice Secretary Jack Straw had excluded Megrahi from its extradition treaty with Libya -- their line was that they would not comment on the president and prime minister's conversation.

When asked if Downing Street was annoyed that the White House had made parts of the conversation more public (earlier in a briefing to journalists in London, it was said that Libya would not be on the agenda) they said they would not comment any further.

Here's the White House's "readout" of the call with Brown:

The President and Prime Minister Brown had a productive call earlier today on several issues on our shared strategic agenda.  The two leaders discussed preparations for the upcoming G20 meeting in Pittsburgh, including the issues of growth and jobs.  They discussed ways to reform international institutions to provide key international players a greater role.  They also discussed their shared commitment to disrupting, dismantling, and defeating Al Qaeda and their extremist allies in Afghanistan, and their resolve to work together to implement our agreed strategy, which includes building Afghan institutions to help Afghans bear more of the responsibility.  The President expressed his deep appreciation for the sacrifices of the British military and people in this difficult summer period, noting that the American people also honor this sacrifice.

The President expressed his disappointment over the Scottish Executive's decision to release convicted Pan Am 103 Bomber al-Megrahi back to Libya.  They also discussed preparations for the December meeting on climate change in Copenhagen, and ways to make steady progress to ensure that both developed and developing countries fulfill their responsibility to combat climate change.