The Middle East crisis inevitably dominated the first full day of the G8 Summit in St Petersburg yesterday as world leaders outlined a plan to bring peace to the region.
As the missiles rained on both sides of the Israeli/Lebanon border, Tony Blair met with George Bush to debate how to prevent the conflict widening across the region.
After those talks, Mr Blair said: "I think that sometimes, for understandable reasons, there's been a hesitation in putting the real truth of this situation up to people and the fact is there are those out in that region, notably Iran and Syria, who do not want this process of democratisation and peace and negotiations to succeed."
Downing Street officials conceded that while the official Summit agenda of global energy security, education and the fight against infectious diseases would continue, the latest flare-up would inevitably be the most important item discussed by the leaders of the UK, US, Canada, Germany, Italy, France, Japan and Russia.
The G8 statement said: "The most urgent priority is to create conditions for a cessation of violence that will be sustainable and lay the foundation for a more permanent solution."
It said this requires: n the return of the Israeli soldiers in Gaza and Lebanon unharmed n an end to the shelling of Israeli territory n an end to Israeli military operations and the early withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza n the release of the arrested Palestinian ministers and parliamentarians.
Downing Street officials said the G8 statement came only after "intensive negotiations" which began on Saturday and continued through the early hours.
There had been an admission that countries such as Russia and France "had come to the issue with different perspectives" from the UK and the US but nevertheless a deal had been hammered out.
Number 10 pointed specifically to a passage in the communique which urged extremist elements "and those that support them" to refrain from causing further death and injury saying it clearly was aimed at Syria and Iran.
Mr Blair's spokesman said: "I think we are all very clear as to who that is."
Number 10 said United Nations' envoys were in Lebanon already to monitor the conflict and were expected to report back by Thursday.
The EU's Foreign Policy's chief Javiar Solana was also flown in by Royal Air Force helicopter.
Mr Blair said: "We are very worried about the influence of both Syria and Iran in respect of this and the only way we are going to get a calming down, a ceasefire, restraint shown on all sides is if we deal with the underlying conditions which are the reason why this conflict has come about." He added the Palestinian terror group, Hezbollah was "encouraged and supported both by Syria and Iran".
Today, Mr Blair will have private talks with UN Secretary General Kofi Annan on the current crisis.