British prime minister, Mr David Cameron on Friday appeared before the House of Commons which summoned him over comments he made ahead of the just concluded anti-corruption summit.
Cameron had been caught on tape, in a conversation with Queen Elizabeth, referring to both Nigeria and Afghanistan as “fantastically corrupt countries” whose leaders were travelling to attend his anti-corruption summit.
The Guardian newspaper reports that during his appearance at the House of Commons, Cameron admitted that he had made some “unforced errors” when he was asked to react to criticisms of his office after the video gained international coverage.
He said: “First of all, I had better check the microphone is on before speaking…tips on diplomacy are useful, given the last 24 hours, I have made many unforced errors.
“The leaders of Nigeria and Afghanistan are battling hard against very corrupt systems and have made remarkable steps forward.”
Angus Robertson, Scottish National Party leader, was said to have asked Cameron if he had heard the complaints of some Nigerian anti-corruption activists, who said their efforts were “seriously undermined” by the UK authorities.
“The role of London’s property market to conceal stolen wealth has been exposed in court documents, reports, documentaries and more. What is the Prime Minister going to do about this?” Robertson reportedly asked.
In his response, Cameron was quoted as saying: “Action is necessary by developed countries, as well as developing countries, and the steps we are taking to make sure that foreign companies that own UK property have to declare who the beneficial owner is will be one of the ways we make sure that plundered money from African countries can’t be hidden in London.”