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Gulf Trip

The Prime Minister s Spokesman (PMS) began by giving details of the Prime Minister s visit to the Gulf so far. The Prime Minister was in Qatar this morning where he visited a gas field, and the Shell Gas to Liquids project. Qatar could potentially provide up to 20% of British gas in the years ahead. He then travelled to a military airbase also in Qatar, where he met British Forces from the Royal Air Force who were involved in providing logistical and support operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Prime Minister then travelled to Abu Dhabi where he had just had a meeting with the President. Later today he would be visiting the Higher College of Technology where he would meet students and have a presentation on Masdar which was a highly rated low carbon city project.

Asked what success the Prime Minister had had with contributions towards the IMF fund, the PMS replied that this was one of the many issues that the Prime Minister was discussing whilst he was here. As he said yesterday in his interview, the Prime Minister had a constructive discussion with the Saudis, and the comments yesterday from the Qatar Prime Minister at their joint press conference indicated again a constructive response from Qatar. We were seeing real engagement from the countries we had been speaking to. These were important countries in terms of how the global community responded to the global financial crisis.

Asked how big the Prime Minister wanted this new fund to be, and did he have a figure in mind, the PMS replied that as we had been saying in recent days, the IMF already had $250 billion available, but we believed that this was insufficient and that the IMF would require several hundred billion dollars extra.

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