Israel: Palestinians

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 11th January 2018.

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Photo of Jo Stevens Jo Stevens Labour, Cardiff Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent steps the UK Government has taken to reaffirm its commitment to a two state solution in light of the non-adoption of UN Security Council Resolution S/2017/1060 on the status of Jerusalem.

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)

​As I reiterated to the House on 9th January, the UK believes there is a need to make urgent progress towards a two-state solution and as such we continue to encourage a return to direct negotiations between the parties. The Foreign Secretary and I both discussed the UK’s unequivocal support for the two-state solution when we met Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki in London on 8 January. In line with our long-standing position on Jerusalem, the UK voted in favour of a resolution on Jerusalem at the UN Security Council on 18 December, and the resolution at the UN General Assembly on 21 December.

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