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Asked if there had been any repercussions following the Lord Malloch-Brown interview, and had either the Foreign Secretary or the Prime Minister reprimanded him, and was the interview cleared in advance, the PMS replied would not get into internal governmental procedures. The Foreign Secretary made our position quite clear yesterday, as did the Prime Minister on Friday, and he had reminded all of his Cabinet colleagues of the importance of the bilateral relationship with America. A point that Mark Malloch-Brown agreed with, a point set out in his statement following his interview with the Telegraph.

Asked if it was fair to say that he made some unauthorised comments in the interview, the PMS replied that Mark Malloch-Brown said what he said. But the position in terms of the bilateral relationship with America had been set out very clearly by the Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary.

Put that the note to Cabinet said that the Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary should speak on these matters, nobody else, the PMS replied that he was not sure the Foreign Secretary put it quite in those terms, but our position had been made very clear by the Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary in the last couple of days. The note to the Cabinet was simply to make people aware of the language that the Prime Minister had been using in relation to the relationship with America.

Asked if we should expect Mark Malloch-Brown to be making further such comments on the US, or would he sticking to his brief of Africa, Asia, and the UN, the PMS replied that the Foreign Secretary answered this question in his interview yesterday.

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