British Foreign Secretary William Hague expressed disappointment on Monday over the Israeli cabinet's approval of the decision to grant Ariel Center University official university status.

According to Hague, the "decision will lead to the creation of Israel’s first university beyond the Green Line, in a settlement illegal under international law. It would further entrench the presence of settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and create an additional barrier to peace with the Palestinians."

Hague added that the move "is particularly regrettable because it comes at a time of rapidly expanding co-operation between UK and Israeli universities, and when the British Government has taken a firm stand against those who seek to undermine Israel’s legitimacy by boycotting educational and cultural institutions."

Hague concluded by calling on Israel's government to reconsider its approach "as a matter of urgency."

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