The UK government today announced that it is upgrading the Palestinian Delegation to London to the level of a Mission.
Responding to the announcement Richard Burden MP, Chair of the Britain-Palestine All Party Parliamentary Group, said: ‘I am pleased that the government has upgraded the Palestinian Delegation and increased their diplomatic recognition in the UK.
‘Today’s announcement also recognises the Palestinians as a people. As a people they have rights – but they have been denied those rights for too long. We must now re-double all our efforts to bring an end to the occupation and achieve an independent Palestinian state living in peace and security alongside Israel.
‘I look forward to when the UK can announce the next upgrading of the Palestinian Mission in the UK and the opening of an Embassy of the State of Palestine.’
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1. Details of the FCO announcement are available online at www.fco.gov.uk/en/news/latest-news/?view=News&id=562006582.
2. More information about Richard Burden’s work on the Middle East can be found online at www.richardburden.com/middleeast.