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G8 plus 5

Asked to clarify if the G8 (Group of Eight) plus 5 were not going ahead with a meeting before the WTO, the PMOS said that it had been dependent on the outcome of the G7 meeting last weekend. While some progress was made, people could detect that there were still major differences there, and that remained the position. We would continue to consider the implications, but the fact remained that there were still differences there.

Asked if the Prime Minister still had hopes to hold a G8 plus 5 session next year, the PMOS replied it was best to take things one step at a time. What nobody should be in any doubt about, however, was the Prime Minister’s determination to keep pushing for a meaningful trade deal, and a successful conclusion to the Doha round. The Prime Minister believed they were essential for economic prosperity in the world as a whole. Norman Kember

Asked what the Prime Minister’s view was on Mr. Kember, the PMOS replied that all week, he had been very careful not to become involved in this story, because he thought it was not helpful. The Foreign Office were dealing with it, so it was better to speak to them.

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