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Asked how concerned the Prime Minister had been that Turkey had threatened to destabilise the only stable region in Iraq, the PMS said that it was best to wait for the Prime Minister’s press conference with Prime Minister Erdogan later that morning. The joint UK/US statement issued over night in Washington, following discussions between the Foreign Secretary David Miliband and Condoleezza Rice, stated the current position.

Asked what the Prime Minister and Prime Minister Olmert would be discussing in their meeting, the PMS reminded journalists that the meeting had not taken place yet but that they would discuss a wide range of issues relating to the Middle East peace process and other regional matters, however it was best to wait until the press conference when a better account of discussions could be given.
Asked in relation to the US/UK proposal for a meeting in Istanbul if there was a sufficient degree of urgency to prevent a Turkish incursion, the PMS replied that clearly we were treating this matter with the urgency it required; there were intensive discussions about this in Washington involving the Foreign Secretary and Condoleezza Rice; there were further meetings today with the Prime Minister of Turkey and there would be further discussions in the period ahead.

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