PMS reminded everyone that the next lobby would be on Tuesday because of the Bank Holiday.
Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister
The Prime Minister's Spokesman told journalists that the Prime Minister had spoken to President Musharraf of Pakistan on Friday to thank him for his country's contribution and work on the intelligence lead counter terror operation. The Prime Minister had also spoken to Prime Minister Siniora on Saturday who had thanked the Prime Minister for his efforts in helping to bring about the cessation of hostilities. They also discussed the immediate way ahead and the longer-term search for peace in the region. The Prime Minister had been speaking to officials over the weekend and he had spoken to the Deputy Prime Minister last night as well as the Home Secretary and Douglas Alexander. The Prime Minister continued to keep his holiday plans under review.
Armed Forces Cuts
Asked about the reports suggesting that the armed forces are being asked to make cutbacks, the PMS said that she had not heard a source on where those reports had come from.
The Prime Minister's Spokesman (PMS) told journalists that the Prime Minister was in Downing Street and had been working over the weekend on the situation in the Middle East. The Prime Minister had briefings and meetings with advisors, as well as working on draft texts and on securing maximum support for the UN resolution. The Prime Minister had spoken on the phone a great deal to leaders, including Kofi Annan, President Bush, President Chirac, President Putin, Prime Minister Persson, Prime Minister Siniora, Prime Minister Olmert, Prime Minister Zapatero, and Prime Minster Prodi. The Prime Minister had also spoken to Margaret Beckett, the Deputy Prime Minister, and to Hilary Benn, as well as our Ambassador to the UN, Sir Emyr Jones-Parry.
Put that another British soldier had died in Afghanistan, so was there any consideration for sending out extra troops on top of what we had already promised, the PMS said that the Prime Minister extended his condolences sincerely to the family and friends of the soldier who had been killed. As we had said before, our troop levels would be guided by the commanders on the ground. If or when we received such a request, we would respond at that time.
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