Washington: US President Barack Obama has invited British Prime Minister David Cameroon on a state visit in March to discuss security and economic issues, the White House has said.

"The visit will highlight the fundamental importance of the US-UK special relationship and the depth of the friendship between the American people and the people of the UK, as well as the strong personal bond that has developed between the two leaders and their families," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said.

Cameroon's visit on March 13-14, Carney said, will give an opportunity to recall the valour and sacrifice of the US and British armed forces and their long tradition of standing shoulder-to-shoulder in defence of our liberties and shared values.

"The visit will underscore the strength of our economic links, which contribute to millions of jobs on both sides of the Atlantic," he said.

"The Prime Minister's visit will reciprocate the gracious hospitality shown to the President and Mrs Obama by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Mr and Mrs Cameron, and the British people during the State Visit that was hosted by Queen Elizabeth II in May 2011," he added.

During the visit, Obama and Cameroon are expected to discuss the upcoming NATO and G-8 summits, as well as the broad array of global issues on which the US and Britain cooperate closely in order to advance their common values and shared interests, including: Afghanistan, the Middle East, Iran, human rights, and global economic stability and growth.

"They will also review progress in the implementation of the various initiatives launched during the President's State Visit to the UK last year," Carney said.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was the first State Guest of Obama in November 2009.