First Published: 2004-11-08

Blair to revive Mideast peace at Bush meeting

British PM's spokesman says Blair will try to get momentum back into peace process when he meets Bush.


Middle East Online

Blair pledged to make revival of Mideast peace process his personal priority

LONDON - British Prime Minister Tony Blair will attempt to make up for lost momentum and revive Middle East peace, when he meets later this week with US President George W. Bush, his official spokesman said on Monday.

"We all have to recognise that the process has lost momentum" during the US presidential campaign, the spokesman said ahead of the White House meeting between Bush and Blair on Friday.

"The first priority, therefore, is to restore that momentum and to do so by clearly stating our intent that we do want to see that process revitalised," the spokesman said.

Asked about the prospect of a London peace process summit, the spokesman replied: "I think people are in danger of jumping far too far ahead."

"What is more important is that we get the signal of intent and that we get the momentum back into the process at this stage," he said.

Blair will leave Britain on Thursday for Washington where he will be the first foreign leader to meet Bush since his re-election, with the Middle East and Iraq expected to top the agenda.

The prime minister has pledged to make the revival of the Middle Eastern peace process his personal priority.


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