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Asked what Sir Nigel Sheinwald’s purpose was in his visit to Syria, the PMOS replied that we have official relations with Damascus and continue to do so. Asked if there was a hope that Syria could be used to put pressure on Iran and its role on Iraq, the PMOS replied that the key relationship was between Iraq and Syria. Iraq was a legitimate elected Government with its own view of the role of Syria in Iraq. In our terms of relations with Syria, Syria had always faced a choice. It can play a constructive role in international affairs or it can continue to support terrorism; the key question is what choice does it make. Asked if Syria made the choice to be constructive would there be a gap to prove their support or not the PMOS replied that what was important was that Syria recognised the choice and was seen to address that choice. Asked if Washington was aware of Sir Nigel’s visit the PMOS replied that a wide range of issues are discussed with our American allies.

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