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Asked again what we were expecting the big issues to be at the G8 Summit in Georgia this week, the PMOS said that as he had told journalists this morning, the broader Middle East was of primary concern to G8 members. We were interested in practical ways we could assist with the reform agenda – whether economically, educationally or politically – but done in a way which would not impose solutions from outside. Other big issues expected to be raised included Africa where the agenda, started at Evian, would continue all the way through to the UK’s Presidency of the G8 next year. Part of those discussions would relate to the issue of peacekeeping. Debt was also likely to be discussed, as it had been a particular concern to the G8. Questioned further about other items on the agenda, the PMOS pointed out that the Summit was an informal meeting where other issues of concern to people could also be raised.

Asked if the Prime Minister had had preliminary discussions with other world leaders at the Normandy commemorations at the weekend, the PMOS said that informal discussions might have taken place in the margins. However, the purpose of the events had been to commemorate the D-Day landings and the heroic actions of the war veterans. As such, the day had been a great success. Asked if the Prime Minister had taken the opportunity to discuss the issue of troop deployments with the President, the PMOS said not as far as he was aware. The position on that issue had not changed.

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