Palestinians: Foreign Relations

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 21st November 2017.

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Photo of Nicholas Soames Nicholas Soames Conservative, Mid Sussex

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the objectives of the Government's diplomatic and political policy on Palestine are for 2017; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

The UK is committed to supporting the Palestinian Authority (PA) and strengthening UK-Palestinian relations. The UK’s long-standing policy on the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPTs) is to support a negotiated settlement leading to a viable and sovereign Palestinian state living alongside a safe and secure Israel. We are planning to provide £56 million in funding to the OPTs in FY 2017/18, helping to lay the foundation for the development of a future Palestinian state by fostering the development of the necessary state institutions. UK support helps to maintain stability, and supports the PA to act as an effective partner for peace with Israel.

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