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Asked whether the Government had ruled out sending more troops to Afghanistan, the PMS said that the Government kept that under review. We were anticipating confirmation from the French on their troop deployment.

Asked whether any other countries would come forward with resources and where were we on the idea of a helicopter trust fund, the PMS said the main issue for this meeting had been clarification of the French position. Clearly this had ramifications for a number of other countries, such as Canada. So there were consequential effects of the French decision and it was this decision that been the main point of discussion.

On helicopters, the PMS said it was an issue that the Prime Minister had been raising and would raise during the course of the summit. He had been talking in the margins to potential contributors to the helicopter trust fund and to those countries that potentially had helicopters available, so that their helicopters could be deployed with the right kind of equipment that would enable them to be operationally capable in Afghanistan.

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