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Source: United Kingdom
21 November 2013

Top British diplomat announces UK-Palestinian strategic dialogue

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Sir Simon Fraser visits the Occupied Palestinian Territories to strengthen bilateral relations with the Palestinian Authority.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Permanent Under-Secretary and head of the British Diplomatic Service, Sir Simon Fraser, yesterday visited the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The visit was an opportunity to express Britain’s strong support for ongoing Israeli-Palestinian final status negotiations and to strengthen further bilateral relations between the UK and the Palestinian Authority.

Simon Fraser met PA Prime Minister Dr Rami Al Hamdallah and Palestinian Deputy Foreign Minister Dr Tayseer Farhat, with whom he announced a new UK-Palestinian Strategic Dialogue, a sign of Britain’s strong support for Palestinian institutions and desire to intensify political consultations between the British and Palestinian Foreign Ministries.

The decision to establish this forum follows President Abbas’ successful visit to London in September. The first meeting of the Strategic Dialogue will be held next year, and will focus on UK-Palestinian relations, the prospects for Middle East Peace, and wider regional issues.

The Strategic Dialogue will complement Britain’s existing ties with the Palestinian Authority, including the longstanding Memorandum of Understanding between Britain’s Department for International Development and the Palestinian Ministry of Planning and Administrative Development.

During his visit, Simon Fraser also made field visits in East Jerusalem. He visited Shufat Refugee camp to see the situation facing Palestinian refugees. He also visited Ash-Shayyah, an area threatened by house demolitions, where a UK funded planning project is successfully supporting vulnerable Palestinian communities.

Following his meetings, Sir Simon Fraser said:

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