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Prime Minister’s visit to Washington

Asked for information about the Prime Minister’s pending trip to Washington this week, the Prime Minister’s Official Spokesman (PMOS) told journalists that the Prime Minister would have dinner with President Bush one on one tomorrow evening. There would then be a working session in the Oval Office on Thursday morning and a press conference, followed by a working lunch. The PMOS said that there would be some other events, including a reception on Northern Ireland at the British Embassy, which would be a way of thanking Irish-America for its part. In terms of the subjects involved, the WTO would be high on the agenda, as it was approaching crunch point and the run up to the G8 summit would also be important, particularly on climate change. The PMOS stressed that the outcomes were expected at the summit and not during this visit. Other topics were Africa in terms of the G8, including Darfur where we believed the world needed to send a very clear message to the Sudanese government. Iraq obviously would be an issue, as would the Middle East peace process.

Asked if the Prime Minister would be meeting with some of the Democratic candidates during his visit, the PMOS said that the final programme was still being put in place. However, in terms of Democrats etc, there would be a number of Democrats at the Northern Ireland event.

Asked if the event would include the Clintons, the PMOS said that he was not aware of the final guestlist, but it would be people related to Northern Ireland.

Asked if the Prime Minister would be meeting Democrats to discuss the WTO, the PMOS replied that he was not aware of any plans for him to do so.

Asked further about the Clintons attending, the PMOS said that the plans were not finalised yet and he was not going to brief on particular people.

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