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Source: United Kingdom
7 August 2013



UK FCO Director General for Political Affairs reiterates UK’s strong support for US efforts on the Middle East Peace Process

Arabic: https://www.gov.uk/government/world-location-news/uk-concerned-about-israeli-settlements-supports-peace-process.ar


The FCO Director General for Political Affairs, Simon Gass, concluded a two day visit to the West Bank and Jerusalem. He reiterated the UK’s strong support for US efforts on the Middle East Peace Process. He praised the courage of leaders on both sides in resuming negotiations, and stressed that both sides must continue to show leadership to overcome the challenges ahead.

During his visit, Simon Gass met Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at his office in Ramallah to discuss progress in the Middle East Peace Process. He also met Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, Chief Negotiator Saeb Erekat, and senior Palestinian officials Hanan Ashrawi and Yasser Abed Rabbo.

Mr Gass said:


In regards to recent reports on Israeli settlements, FCO Minister for Middle East Alistair Burt tweeted:
Earlier this month, Foreign Secretary William Hague welcomed the return to direct talks between the two parties. He said:
doclink: https://www.gov.uk/government/world-location-news/uk-concerned-about-israeli-settlements-supports-peace-process

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