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Asked what was the point of the John Prescott’s trip to the Far East, the PMOS said it was important that the Government held a high level meeting with the Prime Minister designate of Japan. It was equally important that we met other significant figures in Japan. It was also important that we met the Foreign Minister in South Korea, and the UN Secretary General designate, Ban Ki Moon. All this was even before he had even gotten to Malaysia. Asked whether John Prescott was the best person to be on this trip given the volatility of the region and North Korea, the PMOS said he would answer that suggestion in a serious way. John Prescott had represented the Government with distinction abroad on many occasions not least during Kyoto discussions. He remained in close contact with the Prime Minister whilst he was away.

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