Foreign Secretary answers questions on Twitter as part of Middle East tour

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Foreign Secretary William Hague answered questions about the UK’s policies on Egypt, Human Rights, Iran and the Middle East Peace process.

The following questions were put to the Foreign Secretary @WilliamJHague by using the hashtag #askFS.

Q. @mato131: Why are Britain and the US close allies with Mubarak when clearly he was a brutal, vicious dictator? #askFS

A. @mato131: We have relations with countries, not individuals - UK ties with #Egypt are broader than that

Q. @thenpb: @WilliamJHague #askFS what steps will your Gvt take to bring israel & palestine to the table for peace talks?

A. @thenpb: We can’t impose peace. Has to be a willing agreement that both sides enter into & believe in

Q. @alexgreen101: #askFS what do you believe we on the ground can do to help advance the peace process??

A. @alexgreen101 make the case for peace. support both sides. bolster the voices of reason & moderation

Q. @keeprightonline: @WilliamJHague do you believe the UK has any part to play in a Middle East peace deal and if so, why aren’t we leading not following? #askFS

A. @ keeprightonline Yes. And this week I said what I think is needed: international leadership and Israeli & Palestinian boldness

Q. @jambuc33: Has #Egypt situation helped or hindered Mid East Peace Process? #askFS #Jan25 Is #Israel concerned? Is #Jordan next?What have U said 2 both?

A. @jambuc33 #Egypt has made the Peace Process more urgent - everyone should be concerned

Q. @littlerascal356: @WilliamJHague #askFS should we really be getting involved in Egypt’s affairs? If so. Why?

A. @littlerascal356 We want to see people of #Egypt resolve their differences peacefully themselves - as a sovereign nation #askFS

Q. @WilliamJHague #askFS: William will you be intervenening on behalf of Said Musa? Sunday Times 060211. Sentenced to death for Christian faith?

A. @Colin_Bloom Yes we have. Freedom of religion is a basic human right. Punishment on such grounds is appalling #askFS

Q. @nowishconceived: @WilliamJHague Are you going to address the human rights of LGBT people with this middle-east visit? #askFS

A. @nowishconceived: We object to discrimination against LGBT people in all circumstances & all places and yes, we make this very clear #askFS
Q. @nomski_: @WilliamJHague Call me a sceptic but do you foresee democracy in the region on your terms or people of ME? #askfs**

A. @nomski_ There is no single model for democracy. It is up to each country to chart their own course. But basic rights always apply #askFS

Q. JelleJonker: @WilliamJHague What’s your opinion on the situation in the M-E and the repercussions it has on the situation in Israel? #askFS

A. @JelleJonker It definitely makes the need for a 2 state solution more urgent - before it gets even harder to achieve #askFS

Q. @Chris_Lamb: @WilliamJHague if EU is creating transition aid - why does UK Gov need separate fund? #askFS Does the FS not realise we cannot afford it?

A. @Chris_Lamb We can’t insulate ourselves from problems in other countries - they affect us too - #Tunisia needs support

Q. @ispadley: Your trip does no include Egypt. How much does the Suez Crisis play into the UK’s cautious approach towards the protests in Egypt? #askfs

A. @ispadley it is not for us to choose who leads #Egypt - we want the people of Egypt to be allowed to choose #askFS