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Downing Street says the trip to Washington is part of preparations for next month's Gleneagles G8 summit. Mr Blair hopes to use his chairmanship of the summit to gather support for Third World debt relief. Before he left the UK, his official spokesman played down expectations for the meeting with the US president. Mr Bush opposes Gordon Brown's plan to help Africa using an international finance facility to fund vaccinations.
Nevertheless, Mr Blair recognises that he will not get support for crucial parts of his three-pronged attack on poverty in Africa - a package of debt relief, increased aid and fairer trade.In an interview for the Financial Times newspaper on Tuesday, Mr Blair acknowledged: "There are certain things we know they are not going to do, that we are not asking them to do." Mr Bush has already opposed UK treasury chief Gordon Brown's plan to use an international finance facility (IFF) to fund vaccinations, funded by borrowing on the bond market, saying he cannot commit the US to future debt repayments.The US has also refused to agree to give 0.7% of its national income in international aid, a long-term commitment Mr Blair wants from all G8 countries."We are not asking them to sign up to the IFF or 0.7% in aid. They are not going to do that and they've made that clear right from the very beginning," Mr Blair said."The US is not pulling its weight right now," said Professor Jeffrey Sachs of Columbia University's Earth Institute. He said there was "a great myth in the US" that aid was ineffective because of inefficiency and corruption."It's a nonsense. Aid works - the problem is it's on such a small scale that it's not commensurate with the challenge," "It's important for Prime Minister Blair to explain the truth to his American counterparts."
Originally posted by Seekerof
Tell you what, till the Europeans contribute 25 BILLION dollars, why should the US be asked to provide as much? BTW, Bush has tripled aid to Africa in the past four years!
The US is already providing how much when compared?
I thought so.