US Politics

UK's May urges Trump on Mideast peace

File photo of British Prime Minister Theresa May and US President Donald Trump. Source: AAP

In their first conversation since a Twitter spat, British PM Theresa May has urged US President Donald Trump to come up with proposals for Middle East peace.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has urged Donald Trump to bring forward proposals on achieving peace in the Middle East after the US president recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Ms May spoke to Mr Trump by telephone on Tuesday.

"They discussed the different positions we took on the recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, and agreed on the importance of the US bringing forward new proposals for peace and the international community supporting these efforts," a spokesman for Ms May said.

"The Prime Minister updated the president on the recent good progress of the Brexit negotiations, and the president set out the progress he had made on his economic agenda.

"They agreed on the importance of a swift post-Brexit bilateral trade deal."

It was their first conversation since she condemned the American leader's Twitter habits.

Mr Trump's sharing of unverified videos distributed by a far-right group Britain First claiming to depict violence perpetrated by Muslim immigrants in Europe sparked a row in the special relationship between the trans-Atlantic powers.

A spokesman for Ms May last month rebuked Mr Trump, saying he was "wrong" to have shared the videos, prompting the US president to lash back at the prime minister.

A White House official said the tweets did not come up during their call.