U.K.'s Raab Set to Meet Israeli, Palestinian Leaders, Stresses 'Urgent Need for Progress'

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Britain's Foreign Affairs Secretary Dominic Raab outside Downing Street in London, last year.
Britain's Foreign Affairs Secretary Dominic Raab outside Downing Street in London, last year.Credit: Toby Melville/Reuters

Britain's Foreign Minister Dominic Raab is set to meet Israeli and Palestinian leaders on a one-day visit to Jerusalem and the West Bank, the Foreign Office said on Tuesday, as a cease-fire holds following the worst outbreak of fighting in years.

Raab will have talks on Wednesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Benny Gantz, as well as Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh.

"The events of the last month demonstrate the urgent need to make genuine progress towards a more positive future for both Israelis and Palestinians...," Raab said in a statement.

“The U.K. supports a two-state solution as the best way to deliver a lasting peace.”

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken pledged on a Middle East mission on Tuesday that Washington would provide new aid to help rebuild Gaza as part of efforts to bolster a ceasefire between its Islamist Hamas rulers and Israel. 

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