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Source: United Kingdom
6 November 2013

Minister for Middle East visits Israel, welcomes opportunities for UK-Israel partnership, expresses support for peace talks

On 4 to 5 November Hugh Robertson, the FCO’s new Minister of State for the Middle East, visited Israel in his first overseas visit in the role. He then went on to the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Jordan as part of the same visit.

Mr Robertson’s visit was a chance to see firsthand the flourishing partnership between the UK and Israel and to take stock of progress on recently re-launched peace negotiations with the Israeli government.

The minister received a briefing from the UK-Israel Tech Hub which partners British companies with the best of Israeli innovation. He was shown the “ReWalk” by Inbal Pezaro, an Israeli paralympic swimmer who won three bronze medals at London 2012. She demonstrated the Israeli-designed bionic walking assistance system used by Claire Lomas to light the torch at the London 2012 Paralympics. Mr Robertson also discussed the strong cooperation between the UK and Israel on regional and security issues with Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister Ze’ev Elkin.

At the end of the visit, Mr Robertson laid a wreath at Yad Vashem, the memorial of the Jewish people to those who died in the Holocaust.

Commenting on the trip, Foreign Office Minister Hugh Robertson said:

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