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Washington trip

Asked what the Prime Minister might discuss with President Bush and what was likely to be in his speech, the PMOS said that they would discuss the Doha round of trade talks, the Middle East Peace Process, particularly after Prime Minister Olmert’s visit to Washington yesterday, and Iran. The starting point of the speech would be the Prime Minister’s impressions from Baghdad this week and the implications for the international community to come behind the democratically elected government of Iraq. The theme of the speech would come out of Iraq to talk about how you applied the global values that the Prime Minister had spoken about in his speech in Australia and to develop his thinking in terms of how the institutions of the world needed to be updated from how they were designed immediately after World War II immediately into the modern setting, to deal with modern challenges.

Asked if we agreed with the principle of a unilateral Israeli solution to the MEPP if there was no further progress, the PMOS said that we agreed with what Prime Minister Olmert and George Bush had actually said which was that the first priority was to try and get negotiations with the Palestinians. That gave a responsibility to the Israeli side. There was equally a responsibility on the Palestinian side to enter those talks on a realistic basis and that realistic basis had to be an acknowledgement that the outcome would be a two state solution.

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