Premier Dr. Ewart Brown has invited Britain's Foreign Secretary David Miliband to meet the four Guantanamo refugees whose arrival in Bermuda sparked a diplomatic row between the two countries.

At the height of the crisis in June Mr. Miliband admonished the Bermuda Government in the House of Commons, insisting they had acted 'outside their competence' by offering the four freed prisoners a new home on the island without consulting Britain.

But yesterday the two men sat face to face at the British Labour party's annual conference in Brighton for a 'man to man' discussion, which Dr Brown described as cordial and productive.

And the Premier emerged from the talks believing he had managed to allay some of the U.K.'s fears over the Uyghur situation and smooth the waters in an important diplomatic relationship.

He said the U.K. was much more comfortable about the situation, three months on, and Mr. Milband, who will visit Bermuda along with the Queen in November, was mulling over his offer to meet the Uyghurs during the visit.

"The language was much more measured and very positive," Dr. Brown told the Bermuda Sun from London. "There is nothing to gain from shouting at each other and taking shots at each other...

"I let him know that the former detainees have settled in quite well, that they are employed and that they are becoming increasingly comfortable in social situations.

"I informed him that the community had accepted the Uyghurs with open arms that there were no pending issues as far as the Government or the people were concerned."

He said Mr. Miliband had emphasized that the U.K. was still not happy with the way the deal to bring the Uyghurs to Bermuda was negotiated with the U.S.

"I think they retain their position with respect to the methodology."

But he insisted the attitude had mellowed with respect to the Uyghurs presence in Bermuda, something he expects to be reflected in the U.K.'s formal statement on the issue next month.

And he believes the two countries will emerge with good relations intact.

"I don't think the relationship has been damaged at all. Politics is an adult exercise and self-respecting adults on occasion disagree.

"As long as you can have a man-to-man relationship then we will be able to work together.

"It is only when the relationship deteriorates and we are reminded of our colonial status we sometimes run into conflict - for the most part we are extremely cordial and there is mutual respect."

He said the 'unnatural' nature of the countries' relationship, with Britain's status as a colonial master, jarred with the notion of a 'man-to-man' relationship.

But he said, for the most part, the U.K. respected Bermuda's autonomy.

"Our relationship is unnatural, but we do the best we can in spite of that. I don't concede that we have problems that others don't.

"You only need to be in the U.K. for a few weeks to see it has its own problems - we work better when we work together."

Dr Brown also discussed Bermuda's economic situation with both Mr. Miliband and Finance Secretary Stephen Timms.

Dr. Brown said: "Mr. Timms said Bermuda had weathered the global recession well and that the U.K., which is currently compiling a report on the effect of the credit crunch on its overseas territories, was pleased with how things were progressing in that respect.

"Mr. Timms had previously expressed his support for Bermuda's sound regulation and echoed this in our meeting today. Looking forward to the 'Foot Report' on Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies, Mr. Timms was confident that the final report would be complimentary to Bermuda."

The U.K. visit, which also included talks with U.K. culture and tourism minister Margaret Hodge, comes on the heels of talks in Washington with Attorney General Eric Holder.

Dr. Brown admitted it had been a busy week but insisted face-to-face discussions with Bermuda's most powerful allies were essential to maintaining good relations, pushing Bermuda's agenda and 'keeping things on an even keel'.