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Volume 711: debated on Wednesday 3 June 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they will take to support the Pope's recent appeal to Israel to negotiate a viable state for the Palestinians. [HL3854]

We welcome the Pope's call for a just and lasting peace in the Middle East.

We have been clear, in public and in private, on the need to achieve a two-state solution in the Middle East. The UK will continue to work with the US and other partners to help achieve this objective, which we regard as a priority. My right honourable friend the Foreign Secretary reinforced our commitment during his intervention at the UN Security Council on 11 May 2009.

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any conditions were placed on the Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs, Avigdor Lieberman, prior to his meeting the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, David Miliband. [HL3916]

There were no conditions. It is imperative that we engage with the Israeli Government, including their Foreign Minister, on the important task of reinvigorating a serious political dialogue, aimed at establishing a lasting and just regional peace between Israel and its neighbours.

In their meeting, my right honourable friend the Foreign Secretary stressed the importance that the UK attaches to the relationship with Israel and our opposition to boycotts of Israel. He also pressed Avigdor Lieberman on the need to end settlement construction, ease restrictions on movement (especially on Gaza) and to engage in serious negotiations to deliver a two-state solution.