Blair: No rift in cabinet over Lebanon policy

July 30, 2006 18:49

British Prime Minister Tony Blair said there was no rift in his Cabinet over his government's handling of the conflict in Lebanon, and British lawmakers publicly backed him on Sunday. Blair's comments came after former Foreign Secretary Jack Straw condemned Israel's response to Hizbullah rocket strikes as "disproportionate," suggesting a split between Blair and other members of his Cabinet. But Blair said that when the conflict was discussed at a meeting before he left for California, where he is promoting British trade interests, it wasn't "at all" divisive. "There was a perfectly good discussion at the Cabinet, actually," Blair said in an interview with Britain's Channel 5 on Saturday. "Of course what they were saying is, 'Let us make sure with urgency we can stop a situation that's killing innocent people.'"

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