Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 28th February 2012.

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Photo of Philip Hollobone Philip Hollobone Member, Panel of Chairs, Member, Backbench Business Committee 28th February 2012

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions his Department has had with the (a) Egyptian, (b) Palestinian and (c) Israeli governments on the political and economic situation in the Gaza strip.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs 28th February 2012

We regularly discuss the political and economic situation in Gaza with the Israeli and Palestinian authorities, and on occasion with the Egyptian Government. In those discussions, we have argued for a relaxation of Israeli access and movement restrictions on Gaza; expressed our concern at the frequent exchange of rocket attacks and air strikes; and set out our position on reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah. I most recently raised the situation in Gaza with the Deputy Israeli Foreign Minister on 18 January while Gaza was a subject of discussion during President Abbas's visit to London on 15-17 January.

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