The WAFA News Agency reported today a UK Foreign Office statement issued on Wednesday. British Foreign Secretary William Hague told his visiting Israeli counterpart Avigdor Lieberman that Israelâ€™s settlement expansion in Jerusalem and the West Bank harms its international standing.
â€śI made clear the UKâ€™s concern about the current stalemate in the Middle East peace process, and our view that there is an urgent need for progress,â€ť Hague told Lieberman when they met on Tuesday according to the press release.
â€śI expressed the UKâ€™s firm view that continued illegal Israeli settlement expansion in East Jerusalem and the West Bank is harming Israel’s international standing and endangering the two-state solution,â€ť he said.
Hague stressed Britainâ€™s â€śunswerving support for a lasting two-state solution to the conflict that achieves a secure Israel alongside a sovereign and viable Palestinian State, based on the borders of 1967, with Jerusalem the future capital of both states, and a fair settlement for refugees.â€ť
He said Britain was ready to work with Israeli and Palestinian leaders to bring that about.