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Volume 455: debated on Monday 8 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what official meetings were held by the Minister for State for the Middle East during his recent visit to Washington; and if she will make a statement. (110280)

My hon. Friend the Minister of State for the Middle East (Dr. Howells) had meetings with senior officials from the United States State Department, Department of Defense and National Security Council and participated in a lunchtime discussion on Afghanistan at the United States Institute of Peace. He also met Senator Carl Levin, Ranking Minority Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Discussions covered areas of mutual interest including Afghanistan.