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Gaza: Fuels

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 15 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions (a) he, (b) Ministers and (c) officials in his Department have had with the President of the Palestinian Authority about the reported blocking of fuel supplies to hospitals and clinics in the Gaza Strip by Hamas; and if he will make a statement. (205060)

My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary met Palestinian President Abbas on 18 December 2007. Our Consulate General in Jerusalem also maintains regular dialogue, with him and his office, about the humanitarian situation. My right hon. Friends the Prime Minister, the Foreign Secretary and the Secretary of State for International Development met Palestinian Prime Minister Fayyad when he visited this month and discussed Gaza among other issues. The UK supports all efforts to resume the normal operation of the Gaza crossing.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions (a) he, (b) Ministers and (c) officials in his Department have had with Arab governments about the reported blocking of fuel supplies to hospitals and clinics in the Gaza Strip by Hamas; and if he will make a statement. (205061)

My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary co-hosted high level meetings, on 2 May in London, which involved discussions with Kuwait, Jordan, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia as well as Foreign Ministers from outside the region. During the meetings the humanitarian effect of fuel shortages was discussed. Our embassies around the region also discuss these issues frequently with their host governments. The UK supports efforts to resume the normal operations of the Gaza crossing.