U.K. Minister Sayeeda Warsi Quits Over Government's Gaza Policy

Warsi is a senior minister of state in foreign office and minister for faith and communities.

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Minister Sayeeda Warsi resigned from her position as a senior foreign office minister on Tuesday, saying she could no longer support the government's policy on the conflict between Israel and Hamas.

"With deep regret I have this morning written to the Prime Minister [and] tendered my resignation. I can no longer support Govt policy on #Gaza," Warsi said on her official Twitter feed.

Warsi, a baroness, was senior minister of state at Britain's Foreign Office and minister for faith and communities. It was not immediately clear whether she was resigning from both roles.

With deep regret I have this morning written to the Prime Minister & tendered my resignation. I can no longer support Govt policy on #Gaza

In a letter responding to Lady Warsi's resignation, Prime Minister David Cameron wrote that he understands her "strength of feeling on the current crisis in the Middle East – the situation in Gaza is intolerable." "Our policy has always been consistently clear: we support a negotiated two state solution as the only way to resolve this conflict once and for all and to allow Israelis and Palestinians to live safely in peace," he wrote.

Britain's policy, Cameron continued, "has always been consistently clear: we support a negotiated two state solution as the only way to resolve this conflict once and for all and to allow Israelis and Palestinians to live safely in peace. Of course, we believe that Israel has the right to defend itself. But we have consistently made clear our grave concerns about the heavy toll of civilian casualties and have called on Israel to exercise restraint, and to find ways to bring this fighting to an end." Added Cameron: "As part of that, we have consistently called for an immediate and unconditional humanitarian ceasefire."

Cameron thanked Warsi for her political contribution and personal friendship, stating: "You can take pride in your achievements in government and, especially, for being the first Muslim woman in any British cabinet."

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