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Hamas

Volume 492: debated on Tuesday 12 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions his Department had with the House of Commons authorities on the meeting held on the Parliamentary estate on 22 April 2009 involving a video link with a senior leader of Hamas; and if he will make a statement. (274027)

This Department made no representations to the House of Commons authorities regarding a video link meeting with a senior leader of Hamas on 22 April 2009. We are not aware of any representations received from right hon. Members, hon. Members or members of the public regarding this meeting. However, we have consistently called for Hamas to renounce violence, recognise Israel, and adhere to previous Palestinian agreements.