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UK's Cameron caught calling Nigeria, Afghanistan 'corrupt'

  • Britain's Queen Elizabeth, second left, speaks with Prime Minister David Cameron, second right, as leader of the House of Commons Chris Grayling, right, and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, center, watch during a reception in Buckingham Palace to mark the The Queen's 90th birthday, in London, Tuesday, May 10, 2016. (Paul Hackett/Pool Photo via AP)

    Britain's Queen Elizabeth, second left, speaks with Prime Minister David Cameron, second right, as leader of the House of Commons Chris Grayling, right, and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, center, watch during a reception in Buckingham Palace to mark the The Queen's 90th birthday, in London, Tuesday, May 10, 2016. (Paul Hackett/Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • The Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow, left, introduces Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron, center, to Britain's Queen Elizabeth, as leader of the House of Commons Chris Grayling, second right, and shadow leader of the House of Commons Chris Bryant watch, during a reception in Buckingham Palace to mark the The Queen's 90th birthday, in London, Tuesday, May 10, 2016. (Paul Hackett/Pool Photo via AP)

    The Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow, left, introduces Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron, center, to Britain's Queen Elizabeth, as leader of the House of Commons Chris Grayling, second right, and shadow leader of the House of Commons Chris Bryant watch, during a reception in Buckingham Palace to mark the The Queen's 90th birthday, in London, Tuesday, May 10, 2016. (Paul Hackett/Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

British Prime Minister David Cameron has been caught on microphone saying that leaders of "fantastically corrupt" countries including Nigeria and Afghanistan will attend an anti-corruption summit in London.

Cameron will bring together politicians and officials from around the world Thursday as part of efforts to clamp down on bribery, money laundering and other forms of wrongdoing.

At a Buckingham Palace reception Tuesday, a television microphone caught Cameron saying "we have got some leaders of some fantastically corrupt countries coming to Britain."

He referred to "Nigeria and Afghanistan — possibly two of the most corrupt countries in the world."

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani — both elected in 2014 — have promised to curb corruption in their countries. Both are due to attend Thursday's meeting in London.