Rishi Sunak to meet Israeli leadership in Tel Aviv

Rishi Sunak to meet Israeli leadership in Tel Aviv

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is on his way to the Middle East. He will arrive in Israel early on Thursday morning to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Israeli President Isaac Herzog.

He is on a two-day trip to the region during which he is also expected to visit other countries.

Foreign Secretary James Cleverly is visiting Egypt, Turkey and Qatar over the next few days.

Meanwhile, Foreign Secretary James Cleverly will meet leaders in Egypt, Turkey and Qatar in the coming days to seek support for a peaceful resolution in Israel and Gaza.

The foreign secretary will push for an agreement on humanitarian access to Gaza, and the release of British hostages held by Hamas.

Officials also point out Defence Secretary Grant Shapps met his US counterpart Lloyd Austin in Washington on Wednesday “to coordinate” their approach.
Ahead of his trip, on Wednesday evening the Prime Minister spoke to Nikos Christodoulides, President of the Republic of Cyprus.

The Prime Minister thanked President Christodoulides for the vital Cypriot support in the repatriation of British Nationals from Israel.

Discussing the situation in Israel and Gaza, the leaders reflected on the brutal terrorist attacks by Hamas, the importance of avoiding escalation and protecting innocent civilians.

The Prime Minister reflected on his calls with other regional leaders, and said he hoped a way forward could be found that brought lasting peace for innocent civilians on both sides.

Discussing the close relationship between the UK and Cyprus, both leaders agreed it was a special bond built on historic ties and enduring friendships.

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