Middle East: Peace Negotiations

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 30th March 2010.

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Photo of Andrew Gwynne Andrew Gwynne Labour, Denton and Reddish

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has had recent discussions with his Israeli counterpart on the teaching of Arabic in Israel.

Photo of Chris Bryant Chris Bryant Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Europe)

The UK regularly raises concerns regarding coexistence between the Jewish and Arab communities in Israel. I discussed these in my meeting with the Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister on 9 February. We also highlighted the issue in the 2009 Foreign and Commonwealth Office Annual Report on Human Rights, which was published on 17 March.

Additionally the UK has provided over £100,000 of financial support to educational projects which promote coexistence, including the teaching of Arabic, between Jewish and Arab children in Israel.

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