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Asked if the Prime Minister would receive the Congressional Medal whilst in Washington, the PMOS replied that the Prime Minister would not.

Asked what aims the Prime Minister had for the trip, the PMOS replied that we were coming up to a very important G8 summit, therefore climate change, which would be a large part of the agenda for the summit, would be important. So too would be Darfur and Africa. WTO was obviously approaching a crunch point so would also be part of discussions, along with Iraq, the Middle East Peace Process and Iran.

Asked for an update of where we were with the WTO, given that the Prime Minister had expressed growing confidence that we could achieve a result, the PMOS replied that the reality was that negotiations had been progressive, and in terms of detail, people had a better understanding of each others’ position. Therefore a deal was still possible. But a deal was not a deal until it was actually done, and this final stretch was always going to be the most difficult bit. We wanted to get a clearer understanding of where everyone was and to get some momentum.

Asked where we were on Iran, the PMOS replied when we got the 15 personnel back, we said that we wanted to do two things: one was underline to Iran that we believed that its behaviour was unacceptable; but secondly, to maintain the connections and contacts that we developed during those particular days. Asked where we were on the nuclear issue, the PMOS replied that discussions continued in the UN.

Asked if the Prime Minister expected to see President Bush in some capacity after he had stepped down, the PMOS replied that he did not brief about afterwards, he was the Prime Minister’s Spokesman.

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