The outgoing U.S. President singles out the U2 frontman's "passionate devotion" to wiping out third world debt...

U2 frontman BONO was thanked by U.S. President BILL CLINTON during a WHITE HOUSE ceremony on Monday (November 6) to mark the handing over of £304 million in debt relief to some of the world’s most impoverished countries.

The outgoing leader singled out Bono because of his “passionate devotion” to wiping out third world debt, often hugely increased by the crippling cost of interest repayments on international loans. The singer had lobbied US congress on behalf of Jubilee 2000’s Drop the Debt campaign.

“When we get The Pope and the pop stars all singing on the same sheet of music, our voices do carry to the heavens,” Clinton added.

Bono was not at the ceremony.