Gaza - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:07 pm on 21st February 2018.

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Photo of Lord Bates Lord Bates The Minister of State, Department for International Development 3:07 pm, 21st February 2018

It is a very sensitive situation and the noble Lord is right to raise the point. The answer to the very influential report that was prepared is to say that that recognition will come when we believe that it will contribute to helping the peace process. Our belief is that recognition at this stage would not be helpful in the Middle East peace process, continued work on which is our primary concern at this time.