America's newly appointed secretary of state flew 3,678 miles on Monday for a meeting with David Cameron- and failed to discuss two of the UK's biggest international issues.

Whilst they did discuss prospects for a US/EU free trade agreement as well as ongoing tensions over Iran, Syria, the two failed to broach the Falkland dispute or Britain's possible exit from the EU.

It is understood that the UK's row with Argentina over the future of the islands is likely to be discussed when Kerry meets foreign secretary William Hague later today.

The PM's spokesman said that Kerry did not raise the issue of Britain's possible exit from the European Union as a result of the referendum promised by Cameron during the next Parliament.

In the run-up to Cameron's announcement of his referendum plan last month, the White House had signalled its preference from Britain to remain part of a strong EU.

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But the spokesman said that the European focus of today's discussions was the free trade agreement and the potential for using the UK-chaired meeting of the G8 group of rich states in Northern Ireland in June to take the process forward.

Cameron and Kerry, who is on an 11-day "listening tour" of Europe and the Middle East. "reiterated their shared determination to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran", said the spokesman.

Both men were hoping for progress on the issue at the meeting of the P5+1 group - made up of the US, UK, Russia, China, France and Germany - with representatives of the Tehran regime in Almaty, Kazakhstan, this week.

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Kerry had a breakfast-time meeting at 10 Downing Street

Cameron and Kerry agreed on "the importance of restarting a viable peace process" in the Middle East, said the spokesman. And he said they discussed "the challenges posed by fragile states around the world and how the US and UK will continue to work together on these issues".

They also discussed the situations in Egypt and Libya following the fall of long-standing regimes as a result of the Arab Spring.

Kerry, who took office as Secretary of State at the start of this month following the resignation of Hillary Clinton, is also due to visit Berlin, Paris, Rome, Ankara, Cairo, Riyadh, Abu Dhabi and Doha during the current tour.

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  • US Secretary of State John Kerry Meets Prime Minister David Cameron

    LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: British Prime David Cameron (R) talks with US Secretary of State John Kerry inside 10 Downing Street on February 25, 2013 in London, England. Mr Kerry is on an 11-day tour and is due to visit Berlin, Paris, Rome, Ankara, Cairo, Riyadh, Abu Dhabi and Doha.The US Secretary of State is to hold a press conference with Foreign Secretary William Hague in London later today. (Photo by Paul Rogers - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

  • US Secretary of State John Kerry Meets Prime Minister David Cameron

    LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: British Prime David Cameron (R) shakes hands with US Secretary of State John Kerry inside 10 Downing Street on February 25, 2013 in London, England. Mr Kerry is on an 11-day tour and is due to visit Berlin, Paris, Rome, Ankara, Cairo, Riyadh, Abu Dhabi and Doha.The US Secretary of State is to hold a press conference with Foreign Secretary William Hague in London later today. (Photo by Paul Rogers - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

  • US Secretary of State John Kerry Meets Prime Minister David Cameron

    LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: Foreign Secretary William Hague (R) and US Secretary of State John Kerry leave 10 Downing Street on February 25, 2013 in London, England. Mr Kerry is on an 11-day tour, and is due to visit Berlin, Paris, Rome, Ankara, Cairo, Riyadh, Abu Dhabi and Doha. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

  • US Secretary of State John Kerry Meets Prime Minister David Cameron

    LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: US Secretary of State John Kerry leaves 10 Downing Street on February 25, 2013 in London, England. Mr Kerry is on an 11-day tour, and is due to visit Berlin, Paris, Rome, Ankara, Cairo, Riyadh, Abu Dhabi and Doha. The US Secretary of State is to hold a press conference with Foreign Secretary William Hague in London later today. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

  • US Secretary of State John Kerry Meets Prime Minister David Cameron

    LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: US Secretary of State John Kerry looks on inside 10 Downing Street as he meets with British Prime David Cameron (not pictured) on February 25, 2013 in London, England. Mr Kerry is on an 11-day tour and is due to visit Berlin, Paris, Rome, Ankara, Cairo, Riyadh, Abu Dhabi and Doha.The US Secretary of State is to hold a press conference with Foreign Secretary William Hague in London later today. (Photo by Paul Rogers - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

  • US Secretary of State John Kerry Meets Prime Minister David Cameron

    LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: Foreign Secretary William Hague (R) greets US Secretary of State John Kerry ahead of a meeting in Lancaster House on February 25, 2013 in London, England. Mr Kerry is on an 11-day tour and is also due to visit Berlin, Paris, Rome, Ankara, Cairo, Riyadh, Abu Dhabi and Doha. (Photo by Ben Stansall - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

  • US Secretary of State John Kerry Meets Prime Minister David Cameron

    LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) and Foreign Secretary William Hague (L) attend a meeting in Lancaster House on February 25, 2013 in London, England. Mr Kerry is on an 11-day tour and is also due to visit Berlin, Paris, Rome, Ankara, Cairo, Riyadh, Abu Dhabi and Doha. (Photo by Ben Stansall - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

  • US Secretary of State John Kerry Meets Prime Minister David Cameron

    LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: British Prime David Cameron (not pictured) talks with US Secretary of State John Kerry inside 10 Downing Street on February 25, 2013 in London, England. Mr Kerry is on an 11-day tour and is due to visit Berlin, Paris, Rome, Ankara, Cairo, Riyadh, Abu Dhabi and Doha.The US Secretary of State is to hold a press conference with Foreign Secretary William Hague in London later today. (Photo by Paul Rogers - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

  • US Secretary of State John Kerry Meets Prime Minister David Cameron

    LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: British Prime David Cameron (R) welcomes US Secretary of State John Kerry to 10 Downing Street as Foreign Secretary William Hague looks on, on February 25, 2013 in London, England. Mr Kerry is on an 11-day tour where he is due to visit Berlin, Paris, Rome, Ankara, Cairo, Riyadh, Abu Dhabi and Doha.The US Secretary of State is to hold a press conference with Foreign Secretary William Hague in London later today. (Photo by Dan Kitwood - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

  • US Secretary of State John Kerry Meets Prime Minister David Cameron

    LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: British Prime David Cameron (R) welcomes US Secretary of State John Kerry to 10 Downing Street on February 25, 2013 in London, England. Mr Kerry is on an 11-day tour where he is due to visit Berlin, Paris, Rome, Ankara, Cairo, Riyadh, Abu Dhabi and Doha.The US Secretary of State is to hold a press conference with Foreign Secretary William Hague in London later today. (Photo by Dan Kitwood - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

  • US Secretary of State John Kerry Meets Prime Minister David Cameron

    LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: British Prime David Cameron (R) welcomes US Secretary of State John Kerry to 10 Downing Street on February 25, 2013 in London, England. Mr Kerry is on an 11-day tour where he is due to visit Berlin, Paris, Rome, Ankara, Cairo, Riyadh, Abu Dhabi and Doha.The US Secretary of State is to hold a press conference with Foreign Secretary William Hague in London later today. (Photo by Dan Kitwood - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

  • John Kerry, David Cameron

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, meets with British Prime Minister David Cameron at 10 Downing Street in London on Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, during Kerry’s first official trip overseas as secretary. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)

  • John Kerry, David Cameron

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, shakes hands with British Prime Minister David Cameron at the start of their meeting at 10 Downing Street in London on Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, during Kerry’s first official trip overseas as secretary. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)

  • John Kerry, William Hague

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, walks toward 10 Downing Street with British Foreign Secretary William Hague, for a meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron, not pictured, in London on Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, during Kerry’s first official trip overseas as secretary. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)

  • John Kerry, William Hague

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, walks with British Foreign Secretary William Hague as he arrives at Downing Street in London, Monday, Feb. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

  • John Kerry, William Hague

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, walks toward 10 Downing Street with British Foreign Secretary William Hague, for a meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron, not pictured, in London on Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, during Kerry’s first official trip overseas as secretary. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)

  • John Kerry, David Cameron, William Hague

    British Foreign Secretary William Hague, far left, watches as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with British Prime Minister David Cameron, right, at 10 Downing Street in London on Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, during Kerry’s first official trip overseas as secretary. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)

  • John Kerry, David Cameron

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with British Prime Minister David Cameron before their meeting at 10 Downing Street in London on Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, during Kerry’s first official trip overseas as secretary. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)

  • John Kerry

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry waves to the media as he leaves Downing Street in London, Monday, Feb. 25, 2013. Kerry kicked off his first official overseas trip by meeting with British leaders in London on the first leg of a hectic nine-day dash through Europe and the Middle East. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

  • John Kerry, William Hague

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, accompanies British Foreign Secretary William Hague as they leave Downing Street in London, Monday, Feb. 25, 2013. Kerry kicked off his first official overseas trip by meeting with British leaders in London on the first leg of a hectic nine-day dash through Europe and the Middle East. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

  • John Kerry, William Hague

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, shakes hands with British Foreign Secretary William Hague as they leave Downing Street in London, Monday, Feb. 25, 2013. Kerry kicked off his first official overseas trip by meeting with British leaders in London on the first leg of a hectic nine-day dash through Europe and the Middle East. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

  • John Kerry, William Hague

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, accompanies British Foreign Secretary William Hague as they leave Downing Street in London, Monday, Feb. 25, 2013. Kerry kicked off his first official overseas trip by meeting with British leaders in London on the first leg of a hectic nine-day dash through Europe and the Middle East. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

  • John Kerry, William Hague

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, accompanies British Foreign Secretary William Hague as they leave Downing Street in London, Monday, Feb. 25, 2013. Kerry kicked off his first official overseas trip by meeting with British leaders in London on the first leg of a hectic nine-day dash through Europe and the Middle East. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

  • John Kerry, William Hague

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, walks with British Foreign Secretary William Hague as they leave Downing Street in London, Monday, Feb. 25, 2013. Kerry has kicked off his first official overseas trip by meeting with British leaders in London on the first leg of a hectic nine-day dash through Europe and the Middle East. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

  • The table is set for a meeting between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and British Foreign Secretary William Hague at Lancaster House in London on Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, during Kerry’s first official trip overseas as secretary. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)

  • John Kerry, William Hague

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, is greeted British Foreign Secretary William Hague before their meeting at Lancaster House in London on Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, during Kerry’s first official trip overseas as secretary. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)

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