US Ambassador Robert Wood Johnson was in the city to meet residents and visit businesses following the nerve agent attack in March.

During the visit yesterday (Wednesday) he met with Wiltshire Council leader Baroness Jane Scott.

The ambassador says he was "inspired by the city's resilience and community spirit".

A US Embassy spokesman said: "US Ambassador Robert Wood Johnson visited Salisbury to meet with Baroness Jane Scott and Robin Townsend from Wiltshire Council and to express American solidarity with local residents and businesses following recent events."

Baroness Scott of Bybrook OBE said: "It was a great pleasure to show the US Ambassador Mr Robert Johnson around the beautiful city of Salisbury, and I’d like to thank the cathedral for welcoming us to the historic building.

“It was a very worthwhile visit and a wonderful opportunity to work with the US, and we look forward to continuing to welcome Americans to the city. It was a great opportunity to show Salisbury is safe for residents and visitors, and I hope Mr Johnson found it as worthwhile as we did.”

The ambassador also visited Salisbury Cathedral and Stonehenge

Canon Edward Probert, the Acting Dean of Salisbury said: “We were delighted to welcome the American ambassador to the cathedral and county.

"This was Mr Johnson’s first visit to this city, and he proved to be fascinated by everything he saw and learnt.

"Visitors, among them countless Americans, have come here for centuries to admire and enjoy this place, and it was very good to be able to share with this eminent visitor the things of which we are all so proud.”