Middle East

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 27th March 2014.

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Photo of Ian Lucas Ian Lucas Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last raised (a) Palestinian refugees and (b) Israeli refugees in talks concerning the Middle East peace process.

Photo of Hugh Robertson Hugh Robertson Minister of State

I raised the issue of Palestinian refugees during my visit to Israel, the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Jordan in November 2013. We are clear that this issue must be addressed as part of a final status agreement which includes a just, fair and agreed settlement for refugees. I have not raised the issue of Israeli refugees in talks concerning the Middle East peace process.

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Andy Smith
Posted on 28 Mar 2014 3:12 pm (Report this annotation)

Since there were over 800,000 Jewish refugees from Arab countries after the Arabs lost their attempt at wiping the Jews off the face of the earth, isn't it interesting that the Foreign Office Minister has never spoken about Israeli / Jewish refugees?

This typifies the one-sided policy on refugees adopted by the Foreign Office.

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