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Missing Child

Asked if the Prime Minister was satisfied with the Portuguese authorities about their handling of the missing child, the PMOS said that these were very difficult days for the family, and we fully understood and appreciated that. Equally, it was difficult times for those who were trying to lead an investigation, and we were helping in whatever way we could. We had a certain level of expertise which had been made available and taken advantage of by the Portuguese authorities. In terms of the operational detail, that was a matter for the Portuguese, just as it would be for the police here, and the PMOS said that he did not want to get involved in commenting on that. There was, however, a very deep understanding of the difficult time this must be for all involved.

Asked if the Prime Minister had taken a personal interest in the case, the PMOS replied that he was keeping across it, as was the Foreign Secretary. As people knew, the Ambassador had been with the family and the consul on the ground had spent a lot of time with them as well. We were doing everything we could to help.

Asked if the Prime Minister had a personal message for the family, the PMOS replied that we fully appreciated the difficult times that the family was going through.

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