Middle East: Peace Negotiations

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 20th March 2020.

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Photo of Alexander Stafford Alexander Stafford Conservative, Rother Valley

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his international counterparts on the Middle East peace process.

Photo of James Cleverly James Cleverly Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

We continue to work closely with international partners strongly advocating a two state solution and encouraging a return to meaningful negotiations between both parties. We encourage the Palestinian and Israeli leadership to explore whether the US' proposals might prove a first step on the road back to negotiations. I did so most recently during my meetings with the Head of the Palestinian Mission in London on 11 March and the Israeli Ambassador to the UK on 12 March. We consistently call for an immediate end to all actions that undermine the viability of the two-state solution, including terrorism, anti-Semitic incitement, settlement expansion, and the demolition of Palestinian property in the West Bank. Steps to transform the situation in Gaza are also needed. We are encouraging both sides to maintain calm and avoid taking actions which make peace more difficult to achieve.

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