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Asked for details from the meeting the Prime Minister had had with the Israeli Prime Minister, the PMS said that they had met this morning at 0730. The meeting was an opportunity to discuss the prospects for peace in the Middle East and both men were strongly committed to making all possible progress. They also discussed the issue of Israeli settlements and the importance of the Palestinian economy and measures that could be taken to reduce the constraints on the Palestinian economy. Asked for more specifics on this, the PMS said that as we had set out before and as the Prime Minister had said yesterday, we believed that it was important to establish a stable economy for a potential Palestinian state.

A viable Palestinian state was reliant on having a flourishing private sector and we recognised that restrictions on trade and movement and capital flows had an impact on the development of that private sector. We were strongly committed to working with all sides to ease those constraints.

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