» Monday, September 11, 2006

Middle East

The Prime Minister's Official Spokesman (PMOS) welcomed the announcement by President Abbas that he believed that he had reached a basis for a national unity government following his talks in Gaza. Of course we still needed to see the details but this was potentially a highly significant announcement. We would wait to see how this unfolded in the coming days. Asked whether the government regarded President Abbas's words as breakthrough signals or an expression of optimism, the PMOS said that it was a serious statement that was potentially hugely significant. Events should be allowed to unfold. We would not get ahead of ourselves. We would have to see where we got.

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Put that in May the Prime Minister had said that the Chancellor was his preferred successor - therefore was this still the case, the PMOS said that the Prime Minister had said what he had said and he had made clear that he did not resile from that in any way.

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