Britain upgrading status of Palestinian diplomats


(JTA) — Britain will upgrade the status of the Palestinian delegation to the United Kingdom to a mission.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague made the announcement upgrading the status of Palestinian diplomats in Britain on Monday, a day before Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is scheduled to meet with Hague and Prime Minister David Cameron in London.

Hague at a news conference said he would discuss the issue with Abbas, and "also confirm that given the extent of our aid to the Palestinian Authority and our work with them, we will join many other countries in upgrading the status of the Palestinian Delegation to London to the level of a mission."

Hague also called for "an urgent return to negotiations based on clear parameters including 1967 borders."

"It remains more vital than ever that we press for a just and lasting resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict," he said.

In January, Ireland upgraded the Palestinian diplomatic status in the country to an official embassy. Several other European countries, including France and Spain, have also done the same thing.

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