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Volume 405: debated on Thursday 22 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he is having with the Israeli Government regarding the decision not to allow (a) foreign diplomats and (b) visiting politicians to meet Israeli officials if they also intend to meet Yasser Arafat. [115287]

Israeli officials have informed us of this decision. It will not help the cause of peace. We will continue to talk to President Arafat when we judge that this will be useful.