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Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Gaza: Israel (24 May 2024)

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: ..., in these circumstances, we do not support a major operation in Rafah. The fastest way to end the conflict is to secure a deal which gets the hostages out and allows for a stop in the fighting in Gaza. We must then work with our international partners to turn that pause into a sustainable, permanent ceasefire. We must remain focused on a long-term solution to this crisis - a political...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Hamas: Hostage Taking (23 May 2024)

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: After more than 200 days in captivity, 132 hostages remain in Gaza, including British nationals and others with strong UK links. We are extremely concerned about reports regarding the conditions they are being held in. The implications for the health and psychological well-being of hostages can be catastrophic, as is the impact and lasting trauma on their families and on their communities. We...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Gaza: Humanitarian Aid (23 May 2024)

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: The situation in Gaza is desperate. Too many Palestinian civilians have been killed and there is an urgent need to get more aid to the people of Gaza to prevent a famine. We trebled our aid commitment in the last financial year and we are doing everything we can to get more aid in as quickly as possible by land, sea and air. As of 9 May, the UK has participated in 12 airdrops into Gaza...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Gaza: Humanitarian Aid (23 May 2024)

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: We maintain a close dialogue with Egypt on a range of issues relating to the conflict in Gaza. The Foreign Secretary most recently discussed the situation with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry on 10 May. The UK Government firmly rejects any suggestion of the resettlement of Palestinians outside of Gaza. The UK's position is clear: Gaza is Occupied Palestinian Territory and will and...

Israel and Gaza - Statement (22 May 2024)

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: ...as we need to have these figures established and verified. To do that, we need the UN agencies and we need the verification process to take place, because what is undoubtedly true is that much of Gaza is currently in ruins and we need to ensure that those souls who have been buried under that are given dignity. At the same time, I recognise that we hold Israel to a high standard because it...

Israel and Gaza - Statement (22 May 2024)

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: ...friend raises some very important points. To achieve peace, you need to have partners for peace. It is very clear that Hamas is not a partner for peace. From engaging with people who have left Gaza, it is my opinion that Hamas has not done the Palestinians any favours. It is abundantly clear it has not put any security or protection in place for the people of Gaza. That is why we have been...

Israel and Gaza - Statement (22 May 2024)

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: ...important that that discussion takes place within Israel. Two options currently prevail, both of which are unpalatable: that Hamas remains in governance or that the Israelis retain the security of Gaza. Neither is palatable—that is not me saying that as a British Minister; that is the opinion of the Israeli Defence Minister. On the issue of hostages, I have just come back from Qatar, and...

Israel and Gaza - Statement (22 May 2024)

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: ...the OIOS report—the oversight report—which is due this month, because it is specific to the abhorrent events of 7 October. However, this has not stopped us extending humanitarian support into Gaza, which is now well over £100 million. Last week, I met the head of the World Food Programme, Cindy McCain, when she was in London; earlier today, I met the executive director of UNICEF,...

Israel and Gaza - Statement (22 May 2024)

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: I certainly agree with the noble Lord on the role that Hamas has played. As I said earlier, I think that many in Gaza recognise the devastation it has wreaked on the people of Gaza. The United Kingdom position is very clear: we regard Hamas as a terrorist organisation, and it cannot be part of the future of Gaza. It could end this now. The noble Lord points out the missile attacks on Kerem...

Israel and Gaza - Statement (22 May 2024)

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: ...’s position. I assure the noble Lord, Lord Collins, that we continue to work with international partners. As he clearly outlined, that is exactly the focus of the Government: bringing the war in Gaza to an end; ensuring that hostages are returned after—as the noble Baroness pointed out—being held for so long; and ending the suffering of innocent Palestinian civilians in Gaza. That...

President of Iran: Death - Question (22 May 2024)

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: ...friend articulates the extreme and intense challenges that many in the region face, not least from the destabilising activity of Iran. We have seen this in the context of the current conflict in Gaza, in support for Hamas, and through support for Hezbollah and for the Houthis in Yemen. We are determined to ensure that peace, security and stability must come when we see progressive...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Palestinians: Recognition of States (21 May 2024)

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: ...Prime Minister has made clear, the UK supports a two-state solution that guarantees security and stability for both the Israeli and Palestinian people. We agree that the people of the West Bank and Gaza must be given the political perspective of a credible route to a Palestinian state and a new future. And it needs to be irreversible. We believe that recognition of Palestinian statehood...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Gaza: Israel (16 May 2024)

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: The fastest way to end the conflict is to secure a deal which gets the hostages out and allows for a stop in the fighting in Gaza. The Prime Minister discussed the current hostage negotiations with Prime Minister Netanyahu on 30 April and expressed his hope that negotiations are concluded to allow hostages to return home as soon as possible. We are clear that the vital elements for a lasting...

UNRWA - Question (15 May 2024)

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: ...engagements. On the issue of UNRWA funding, as we have repeatedly made clear and I have said several times, we of course recognise the important role that UNRWA has played and continues to play in Gaza and indeed in neighbouring countries. The Colonna report was on the issues of mitigation and made particular recommendations. We know that UNRWA has also responded to that. As my noble...

UNRWA - Question (15 May 2024)

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: .... I have met with many hostage families and a recent comment that I heard was that there are 25 nationalities, and there are Jews, Christians, Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists who are held by Hamas in Gaza. That is why there is the human appeal to let the hostages go. On the issue of UNRWA, I have a different perspective from that of my noble friend. UNRWA plays an important role; what is...

UNRWA - Question (15 May 2024)

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: My Lords, I agree with the noble Lord about the importance of ensuring that aid reaches Gaza, particularly those who are most vulnerable, the women and children. That is where the Government have been focused since the tragedy of 7 October, but even in advance of that. We all know the challenges Gaza faces; that is why we have advocated so strongly for the reopening of the Rafah crossing. I...

UNRWA - Question (15 May 2024)

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: ...and others. I come back to this point: I am sure the noble Lord recognises that mitigations are necessary, and we are pressing on those, but, equally, UNRWA has the most effective structures in Gaza. We need to ensure that those are not just revitalised, but that they are done so to allow for mitigation of the issues that were previously raised.

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: UNRWA: Finance (15 May 2024)

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: ...report, UNRWA's response and the ongoing UN Office for Internal Oversight Services investigation into these allegations. We recognise the pivotal role the UNRWA play in support of Palestinians in Gaza and neighbouring countries.

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: UNRWA: Finance (15 May 2024)

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: ...that took place on 7 October in Israel are appalling, which is why we took decisive action to pause future funding to the organisation. The UK recognises that UNRWA is critical to aid delivery in Gaza. The Prime Minister has been clear that the UK will set out its position on future funding to UNRWA following careful consideration of Catherine Colonna's final report, UNRWA's response and...


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