On his last official visit to the US as Prime Minister, Tony Blair has held talks with George Bush, ahead of next month’s G8 summit. Bush told reporters after their discussion: “We talked about the Middle East and we are concerned about the violence we see in Gaza. We strongly urge the parties to work towards a two-state solution- we’re looking forward to continuing to work on this issue.”
Other topics of conversation included climate change, Iran and, inevitably, Iraq. The two close allies were mutually supportive at a time when they are both facing criticism abroad and at home. Blair told his ally: “You have been a strong leader at a time when the world needed strong leadership, you have been unyielding and unflinching and determined in the fight we faced together and I thank you for that.” Bush thanked Blair in return for his support. The two repeated their belief that to withdraw troops from Iraq would be a mistake.