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Jack Straw

Asked about Jack Straw’s meeting with Condoleeza Rice in Washington, and whether it would be concentrating mainly on the relationship with Iran, the PMOS said the Foreign Secretary was not travelling to Washington to deliver a specific message about Iran, contrary to common belief. We expected the talks to cover a wide agenda, especially regarding Israel and Palestine, the upcoming Iraq elections, and our G8 priorities. Our position on Iran was well known to the US, and vice versa.

Asked to clarify what our position was, the PMOS said it was that we wanted to work with our European allies to convince Iran not to develop a nuclear programme. When we were last in the White House, President Bush paid tribute to that work, and the Vice President said that the way forward was through a diplomatic solution. The message going to Iran was very clear, and what was important was that we all united around that message.

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  1. Sounds like a ‘non-denial denial’ to me…

    Comment by Simon — 24 Jan 2005 on 4:27 pm | Link

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