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Asked if the Prime Minister had full confidence in Donald Rumsfeld as the US Defence Secretary, the PMS said that the position of Mr Rumsfeld was a matter for the US Government, not the British Prime Minister.

Asked if the Prime Minister agreed with the Polish President’s view that the Coalition should apologise to any Iraqi prisoners who had been abused, the PMS said that in terms of the allegations relating to the mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners by British troops, it was important to await the outcome of the ongoing investigations into these matters. Asked if the Prime Minister and Polish President had discussed the issue in their meeting today, the PMS said that she did not have a detailed readout of their meeting. However, the issue of Iraq had been raised, as you would expect. She added that the Cabinet shared the abhorrence which President Bush had expressed yesterday about the mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners by some US troops. Asked to explain why the Prime Minister was willing to express a view about the pictures relating to alleged US mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners when their investigations had not yet concluded either, the PMS pointed out that the Government’s view had been set out very clearly by General Sir Mike Jackson last Friday night when the pictures had first emerged.

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