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The Prime Minister and I discussed the current work of the G8 meeting, our plans for the G20 meetings, but what is important is we also talked about issues on our bilateral agenda. We agreed that certain changes must be made in our relations. We agreed for our foreign ministers to stay in touch and consult on all matters of the bilateral agenda, both on the government level. We also agreed that we will stay in touch personally.
We agreed that our bilateral relations require the personal attention of the leaders of the two countries, both in terms of economics and other issues. We are determined to make them more productive and more intense. I hope to establish closer cooperation on a whole range of issues as a result of the Canadian meeting. Now, already we have very close cooperation on certain foreign-policy issues and that helps a lot. And of course, I would like to wish the Prime Minister every success in tackling the very difficult task and the very difficult work to come, and to be very patient as he will have to take part in all sorts of international activities. There will be many of them.
Thank you. It has been a great pleasure to have this face-to-face meeting. We have spoken on the telephone and it has been good to have this meeting.
As you say, I think there is a real opportunity to put the bilateral relationship on to a new footing, to try to make a stronger start and to work through the issues where we have agreement and those where we still have things to work through. But I think there is a lot of common ground on the economic issues we face and the challenges of dealing with deficits, getting our economies growing and more economic cooperation between our two countries.
We had a very good discussion about the Middle East peace process, about the challenges of Iran, about the challenges of Islamic radicalisation, some of the things that our countries face together. So I think it is very good to have this meeting, to have a stronger bilateral relationship. As we agreed, I said I would follow your Twitter feed now you are doing it, but I think we will also talk on the telephone and our foreign ministers are going to meet to work up a fuller agenda. I think that is very worthwhile, and I know you have given me good advice about being patient at international meetings. But I think it seems we are approaching the G8 and the G20 in a similar way; we have a similar idea of how these meetings could work in the future. So that has been a good discussion and a good meeting.