Middle East

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 16th January 2007.

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Photo of Lee Scott Lee Scott Conservative, Ilford North

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps are being made to seek the assistance of Arab governments in securing an end to the attacks on Israel.

Photo of Kim Howells Kim Howells Minister of State (Middle East), Foreign & Commonwealth Office

We engage closely with Arab governments to advance the middle east peace process (MEPP). We have expressed our concerns to Palestinian President Abbas about Qassam rocket fire. The launching of rockets against Israeli civilian targets and all forms of violence must stop. Violence serves only to undermine the prospects for peace in the region.

My right hon. Friends the Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary, as well as myself, have recently made trips to the region to discuss the MEPP with Arab governments.

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