Israel: Hamas

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered at on 9 April 2024.

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To ask His Majesty's Government what further steps they will take, along with international partners, to secure a ceasefire in the Israel–Hamas war.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The Government has long been calling for an immediate pause to get aid in and hostages out, then progress towards a sustainable, permanent ceasefire, without a return to destruction, fighting and loss of life. The UK welcomed the UN Security Council Resolution 2728 on 25 March, which reflects international consensus behind the UK's position.

Vital elements for a lasting peace include:

  • the release of all hostages;
  • the formation of a new Palestinian Government for the West Bank and Gaza, accompanied by an international support package;
  • removing Hamas's capacity to launch attacks against Israel;
  • Hamas no longer being in charge of Gaza; and,
  • a political horizon which provides a credible and irreversible pathway towards a two-state solution.

The Foreign Secretary and Prime Minister have reiterated these messages in their contacts with Prime Minister Netanyahu and other senior Israeli political leaders, as well as leaders in Qatar, Jordan, Oman, Saudi Arabia Lebanon, Egypt, and the UAE in recent weeks.

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