Gaza: Palestinians

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered at on 21 November 2023.

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Photo of Stephen Morgan Stephen Morgan Shadow Minister (Defence) (Armed Forces and Defence Procurement), Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what diplomatic steps his Department is taking to help ensure guarantees that Palestinians forced to flee from Gaza will not be permanently displaced.

Photo of David Rutley David Rutley Assistant Whip (HM Treasury), Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The UK's priority right now is alleviating the humanitarian situation given UN assessments that 2.3 million people in Gaza need access to food and water. However, we will continue to engage closely with our partners across the region, internationally, and with the UN on critical issues relating to the safety of Palestinians and on the future of Gaza. Our longstanding position on the Middle East Peace Process is clear: we support a negotiated settlement leading to a safe and secure Israel living alongside a viable and sovereign Palestinian state: any forced displacement is incompatible with this, and the Prime Minister and former Foreign Secretary have raised this with Israeli counterparts. The UK also agrees with the US that a long-term presence of Israeli security forces within Gaza would not be a good outcome for either Israelis or Palestinians and the Prime Minister has made clear that we must provide the serious, practical, and enduring support needed to bolster the Palestinian Authority.

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