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Source: United Kingdom
6 November 2013

Minister for Middle East Hugh Robertson meets President Abbas and expresses strong support for peace talks

اجتمع وزير شؤون الشرق الأوسط، هيو روبرتسون، بالرئيس عباس وأعرب عن تأييده التام لمحادثات السلام

The newly appointed FCO Minister for the Middle East, Hugh Robertson, visited the Occupied Palestinian Territories as part of his first regional visit since his appointment. He also visited Israel on his trip.

The trip was an opportunity to see the situation on the ground, to take stock of progress in the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations and to strengthen further the ties between the British and Palestinian peoples.

The Minister was briefed on the impact of the Occupation and the range of human rights issues facing the Palestinian people. He visited Al Walajeh, a village located northwest of Bethlehem. Touring the village, Hugh Robertson saw first-hand the impact of the separation barrier, settlement expansion and house demolitions on the daily lives of the local community.

Mr Robertson also visited the Salesian Cremisan School, a primary school located in the Cremisan Valley, where he heard about the impact of the separation barrier on the movement and access of the school’s pupils. The Minister also visited Jerusalem’s Old City including the Haram Al Sharif, following discussions in London with his Majesty King Abdullah II.

The Minister held a number of high level political meetings including with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Prime Minister Professor Rami Al Hamdallah, Palestinian Foreign Minister Dr Riyad Al Malki, and Palestinian Chief Negotiator Dr Saeb Erekat. The Minister reiterated Britain’s strong support for ongoing peace negotiations, expressed concern at the deteriorating situation on the ground and underlined the importance of building strong, effective and accountable institutions for the future Palestinian state.

Following his meetings, Foreign Office Minister Hugh Robertson said:

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