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UK PM backs UK's "precisely suited" relationships

PM backs UK's "precisely suited" overseas relationships
13 November 2006

See also... UK PM's World Affairs Speech - 13 November 2006

Tony Blair has spelled out the importance of Britain's partnership with both America and Europe in a speech earlier this evening.

He told guests at the Lord Mayor's Banquet that it would be the "surest route to the destruction of our true national interest" for Britain to give up either relationship, both of which are "precisely suited" to us.

The Prime Minister explained:

"When people say: yes, but we want a 'British' foreign policy, I say: of course we do, but in today's world a foreign policy based on strong alliances is the only 'British' policy which works."

Turning to Iraq, the PM said that the bomb which killed British soldiers last weekend was "a cruel and wicked reminder" that the terrorism there is designed to stop democracy flourishing in the Middle East.

During the speech at the Guildhall in London, Mr Blair argued that a "whole" Middle East strategy is needed.

It should be made clear to Syria and Iran, he adds, on what basis they can help the peaceful development of the Middle East rather than hinder it - and the consequences of not doing so.

The banquet is held in honour of the immediate past Lord Mayor and is the first to be hosted by the new Lord Mayor of the City of London.

Traditionally, the Prime Minister makes a major world affairs speech after dinner.

See also... UK PM's World Affairs Speech - 13 November 2006


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