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Washington Visit

Put to the PMOS that there had been quite a bit of comment overnight about the extent to which the Prime Minister and President were split over the Middle East, and there had been further comment that the President did not see any linkage between Iraq and a Middle East settlement, and what was the Prime Minister’s view, the PMOS said that if people listened to the President’s opening words yesterday, he had said that the Prime Minister had told him that he would be returning to the Middle East, and the President had welcomed that and endorsed it. That was important.

The PMOS continued that the other thing that people should recognise was that it was this current President who had been the first President to recognise the goal of two independent states living side by side. The President fully supported the efforts to try and get a resolution between Palestine and Israel, and Dr. Rice had been very active in the background trying to move that position forward. Therefore, there was no difference in terms of their goal. In terms of what the Prime Minister would try and do when he did return to the region, it would be to see what the steps were that could be taken to help unbar the door.

Asked if the Prime Minister was going to make a statement to the House of Commons, the PMOS said that he was not aware of any plans to do so at this stage. The Prime Minister had spoken on this often, and there would be, as usual, PMQs on Wednesday.

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  1. Winning more hearts and minds in Iraq:


    Comment by Steve O — 9 Dec 2006 on 3:11 pm | Link
  2. <a href="http://www.comedycentral.com/sitewide/media_player/play.jhtml?itemId=79113">http://www.comedycentral.com/sitewide/media_player/play.jhtml?itemId=79113</a&gt;

    Comment by Rob — 9 Dec 2006 on 7:14 pm | Link
  3. And if anyone believes a single word of this, or the rhetoric about Brush and Kindasleasy working towards a two-state solution, I have some Iraqi WMD to sell them. And some Iranian nukes. And some American democracy.

    Would this be the same America that vetos every anti-Israel UN Resolution, even when it is just criticism for deliberate barbarism? Modern day hypocricy is quite staggering at times, and never more so than on this subject.

    Anyway, good to hear that good ol’ Tony will be out there to talk. You can’t get enough talk, especially from a talking head speaking out of his arse…

    Comment by SmokeNMirrors — 10 Dec 2006 on 2:19 pm | Link

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