Gaza: Israel

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 24th September 2015.

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Photo of Baroness Tonge Baroness Tonge Independent Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel regarding the block on exports from Gaza.

Photo of Baroness Anelay of St Johns Baroness Anelay of St Johns Minister of State

On 10 September the Prime Minister, my right hon. Friend the Member for Witney (Mr Cameron), emphasised to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu the importance of improving daily life for the people of Gaza, for example through better power and water supplies and facilitating travel in and out of Gaza. During his visit to the region in July, the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Runnymede and Weybridge (Mr Hammond), urged the Israeli government to ease restrictions on Gaza and for the parties to prioritise progress towards a durable solution, including taking the necessary steps to advance construction and economic development. Our Embassy in Tel Aviv has also frequently urged Israel to go further in easing movement and access restrictions on Gaza.

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