Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 30th March 2006.

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Photo of Michael Moore Michael Moore Shadow Secretary of State (Foreign Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's policy is on (a) dialogue with and (b) funding of the incoming Hamas-led government in the Palestinian Territories; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Jack Straw Jack Straw Foreign Secretary

We support the approach set out by the Quartet (US, UN, EU and Russia) on 30 January, which said that the Palestinian Government must be committed to non-violence, recognition of Israel and acceptance of previous international agreements and obligations.

I also refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my hon. Friend the Minister of State for the Middle East, (Dr. Howells), to Mr. Brady on 13 March 2006, Hansard, column 1908W.

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