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Middle East

Volume 454: debated on Thursday 14 December 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when she was informed of the Middle East peace initiative launched by France, Spain and Italy at the Spanish-French summit on 16 November; and whether the UK Government was invited to contribute to the peace initiative. (106287)

Other Governments were not informed in advance of the initiative. We have been consulting since with EU partners, most recently in discussion of the Middle East at the EU General Affairs and External Relations Council on 11 December, to ensure a common approach that is constructive and has the support of all relevant parties.