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But, shortly before leaving for Washington to meet the U.S. President, George W. Bush, Mr. Blair rejected lawmakers' suggestions that Washington was solely to blame for fractures in the Atlantic alliance.
Mr. Blair faced questions in the House of Commons which underlined a persistent strain of skepticism in Britain about the U.S. intentions in Iraq, West Asia and in global diplomacy generally.
Mr. Blair took oblique shots at France and other nations which had opposed military action.
"But I also think it is important that we make sure that we broaden the agenda that we present to the world, which is why I believe that issues like West Asia peace process are also particularly at this moment important,'' he said.
As he left Britain, Mr. Blair told reporters that it was premature to have detailed talks on governing post-war Iraq.
"We don't know what the situation is going to be when you get to the post-conflict situation,' he said.
Mr. Blair told the Commons that there had been "some limited form of uprising" by the Shia people in the southern Iraqi city of Basra overnight, but that he was wary of encouraging premature rebellion. British troops outside the city are hoping the residents will help them defeat Iraqi forces.
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