Barnier to Washington for talks with Rice

29th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, April 29 (AFP) - French Foreign Minister Michel Barnier will travel to Washington on Monday for talks with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on the Middle East peace process, Lebanon and transatlantic relations.

PARIS, April 29 (AFP) - French Foreign Minister Michel Barnier will travel to Washington on Monday for talks with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on the Middle East peace process, Lebanon and transatlantic relations.  

Barnier will likely raise the issues of China and Russia, but his spokesman Jean-Baptiste Mattei said Friday that there was "no pre-established list" of topics for the bilateral talks.  

The French minister's trip was initially set for April 8 and 9 but was postponed when Rice accompanied US President George W. Bush to the funeral of Pope John Paul II at the Vatican.  

Before the trip was pushed back, Barnier said the "necessary" peace between Israel and the Palestinians was the number one issue on the agenda for his US visit.  

The French foreign minister was also expected to meet US National Security Adviser Steve Hadley as well as incoming World Bank president Paul Wolfowitz.  

Last February, Rice visited Paris, a trip that helped repair transatlantic ties after two years of icy relations following the 2003 start of the US-led war in Iraq, which France opposed.

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