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Middle East Digest - December 3, 2008

Middle East Digest - December 3, 2008

Bureau of Public Affairs

December 3, 2008

The Middle East Digest provides text and audio from the Daily Press Briefing. For the full briefings, please visit daily press briefings.

From the Daily Press Briefing of December 3, 2008

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QUESTION: There’s a report coming out that the U.S. military wants to hold on to about 5,000 detainees beyond the SOFA agreement. Have you heard anything about this and do you have a comment about this?

MR. WOOD: No, I haven’t heard anything like that. Probably refer you to the Pentagon for a comment on that.

QUESTION: Sorry. Is there a Middle East Quartet coming up soon?

MR. WOOD: I know there have been discussions about whether that will happen or not. We’ll let you know as soon as we have something firm.

QUESTION: Okay.

QUESTION: Actually, just one in relation to that.

MR. WOOD: Sure.

QUESTION: Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair is in town today. I wonder if you know of any meetings that he has with any State Department --

MR. WOOD: No, I’m not aware of any.

ENDS

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