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Put that the Prime Minister had said that Osama Bin Laden was in Pakistan whereas the Pakistani Prime Minister had claimed today that he wasn’t and who had been wrong, the PMS said that if we knew where Osama Bin Laden was then we would be in a stronger position. The Prime Minister was of the view that the al Qaeda leadership were probably somewhere along the Pakistani borders.

The leadership of al Qaeda could move around; the most important thing discussed this morning was that we were working closely together as two governments to ensure that the campaign in Afghanistan was successfully executed.

Asked if the Prime Minister thought that Osama Bin Laden was dipping in and out of Afghanistan, the PMS said it was entirely possible. The al Queda leadership could be on the move and it was therefore difficult to identify precisely where they might be at any one time. It was the Prime Minister’s belief that that was where the leadership may be currently located.

Asked if the Prime Minister believed that the comments made by the Pakistani Prime Minister this morning were credible, the PMS said that the Prime Minister had enormous respect for his counterpart from Pakistan. The Prime Minister believed that he had in the Prime Minister of Pakistan a very important ally; the fact that Pakistan would be represented at the conference in January was extremely important.

The two of them also spoke about economic development; we were making a 120million contribution to development and education initiatives in Pakistan, so it was a strong relationship.

Put that the Prime Minister had said that three quarters of terror plots originated in Afghanistan and Pakistan and what was he basing that on, the PMS replied that that was based on the facts and the Prime Minister had been consistent in saying that.

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