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‘I’m here as a friend as you know that’s a great supporter of Israel,’ says British FM Raab in Jerusalem

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Raab’s visit comes a day after U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken held talks in Jerusalem and Ramallah.

“I’m here as a friend as you know that’s a great supporter of Israel and we’re looking forward to talking about the bilateral relationship but also how we move things forward elsewhere. You can always count on us,” said British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab, as he met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem.

Israeli Ambassador to the UK Tzipi Hotovely also participated in the meeting.

“It’s good to see you again in better times and we’ll work together to make them even better,’’ said Netanyahu. ‘’Thank you and Prime Minister Johnson, Boris, for the staunch, unwavering support of our right to self-defense during the recent operation. It’s much appreciated,” he added.

On his arrival in Israel for a one-day visit, the minister released a statement: “The events of the last month demonstrate the urgent need to make genuine progress towards a more positive future for both Israelis and Palestinians … the UK supports a two-state solution as the best way to deliver a lasting peace.”

Raab’s visit comes a day after U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken held talks in Jerusalem and Ramallah.

He will also meet with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

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