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Remarks With British Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett

Secretary Condoleezza Rice
New York City
May 8, 2006

SECRETARY RICE: I'm delighted to welcome the Foreign Secretary of Great Britain, Margaret Beckett. We've had a wonderful discussion, Margaret and me, getting to know each other. We talked a little bit about our backgrounds, how we got to where we are, which has been a fascinating discussion. And of course we look forward to talking about the many challenges that we have.

We talked a little bit about some of those challenges and, in particular, look forward to continuing our discussion of Iran with our colleagues from the P5 plus one tonight. This is a time for the international community to come together to say to the Iranians with very great clarity that it is time for Iran to accede to the demands of the international community. The Iranians can have a civil nuclear program, but they need to do so in a way that gives confidence to the international community that they are not seeking a nuclear weapon under the cover of civilian nuclear power. So we look forward to joining our colleagues tonight.

But we had a wide-range of discussions for such a short time and I look very much forward to working with you, Margaret.

FOREIGN SECRETARY BECKETT: Thank you very much. It's a great pleasure to be here. Although this is our first meeting, we've spoken before on the phone, and I've heard so much about you from my predecessor who, I don't know whether Jack explained this to you, but we sit next to each other in the Cabinet, so I feel as if I know you already. And of course there is a very strong relationship between our two countries and I feel confident that it will be a good working relationship between the two of us. So it's a great pleasure to be here, and thank you for making me feel so welcome.

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Released on May 8, 2006

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