British Foreign Secretary William Hague emphasized on Thursday to Strategic
Affairs and Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz UK support for the Middle East
peace process and UK commitment to Israel’s security.
“I reaffirmed that
the UK was strongly committed to Israel’s security, and that we wanted to deepen
and advance our links in education, science and technology, where both countries
had much to share and benefit from mutual cooperation,” said Hague after meeting
with the visiting Steinitz.
“We discussed a range of issues including the
UK’s bilateral relationship with Israel, the Middle East peace process and
“We both welcomed the EU’s decision on 22 July to
designate Hezbollah’s military wing as a terrorist group.”
the UK’s welcome for US Secretary of State John Kerry’s announcement on July 19
that Israel and the Palestinians had reached agreement on the basis for resuming
direct final-status negotiations.
“I again commended the leadership shown
by both Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Abbas and reiterated the UK’s
commitment to supporting them in their efforts to reach a lasting peace. I
reiterated the UK position on settlements and EU guidance.
“On Iran, we
expressed a shared commitment to preventing nuclear proliferation. I said
that the election of Hassan Rouhani was an opportunity for Iran to seek a new
relationship with the international community by seriously addressing concerns
about its nuclear program. The UK is open to improvements in the
bilateral relationship, but this requires concrete actions.”
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