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My Government has continued to work with the United Nations, the G8 and the European Union to prevent the spread of weapons of mass destruction and to address international concerns on nuclear proliferation and terrorism.

The Duke of Edinburgh and I were pleased to pay State visits to Uganda in November 2007 for the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting, to Turkey in May and to Slovenia and Slovakia in October. We were also pleased to receive President Sarkozy during his State visit to the United Kingdom in March.

My Government remains committed to peace in the Middle East. It has continued to support the Governments of Iraq and Afghanistan to deliver security, political reconciliation and economic reconstruction.

My Lords and Members of the House of Commons: I pray that the blessing of Almighty God may rest upon your counsels.

A Commission was also read for proroguing the present Parliament, and the Lord President said:

End of the Third Session (opened on 6 November 2007 ) of the Fifty-Fourth Parliament of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in the Fifty-Seventh Year of the Reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second.

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