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Blair and Schroeder Meeting

Press Briefing: 11am Friday 10 January 2003

Meeting Between British PM Blair and Germany’s Chancellor Schroeder

Asked about the Prime Minister's meeting tomorrow with Chancellor Schroeder in Germany, the Prime Minister's Official Spokesman (PMOS) said that it was a private meeting. Asked the purpose of it, the PMOS said that the Prime Minister and Chancellor met from time to time in a private capacity. Questioned as to whether they would discuss political issues, the PMOS said he had no doubt they would discuss a whole range of matters, as they normally did. Put to him that it was the third time the two had met since the German elections last October, the PMOS repeated that they kept in regular contact. Challenged that this was more than regular, the PMOS advised journalists not to read any more significance into the meeting than the fact that that they kept in frequent touch.

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