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25 February 2005

Rice To Attend International Meeting on Supporting Palestinians

Conference scheduled for March 1 in London

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will participate in an international conference in London March 1 aimed at supporting the Palestinian Authority.

Thirty delegations are expected at the conference, where the secretary will work with key officials in joint efforts to support Palestinian political institutions, build security and invigorate the Palestinian economy, a statement issued by State Department spokesman Richard Boucher February 25 said.

Following is the text of Boucher's statement:

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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
February 25, 2005

STATEMENT BY RICHARD BOUCHER, SPOKESMAN

Secretary Rice Travel to Attend the London Meeting on Supporting the Palestinian Authority

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will travel to London, UK, on Monday, February 28, for the March 1 London Meeting on Supporting the Palestinian Authority.  Secretary Rice looks forward to working with key officials there on our joint efforts to support Palestinian political institutions, to build security, and to invigorate the Palestinian economy.  The meeting in London will include 30 delegations, including a number of Arab states and other members of the international donor community who will come together to express their support for the new Palestinian leadership.  Secretary Rice also will participate in a Quartet meeting, bilateral discussions with the British, and other meetings while in London, before returning to Washington, D.C. on Wednesday.

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(Distributed by the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)



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