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Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what (a) direct and (b) indirect discussions her officials held with the Hamas leadership in the Palestinian Territory between March and 16 June 2007. (144227)

We have not met with any members of Hamas, including when they were part of the National Unity government, to discuss political issues. To discuss the Alan Johnston case, our Consul-General in Jerusalem met Ismail Haniya, the Hamas Prime Minister and Hamas Government spokesman, Ghazi Hamad, Foreign and Commonwealth Office officials have also met with Ghazi Hamad in London, No other issues were discussed.

As the UK has made clear, we are willing to work with those who are committed to the Quartet principles: renunciation of violence; recognition of Israel; and acceptance of previous agreements and obligations, including the Roadmap.