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PM meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu

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Economic relations between Britain and Israel, the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and Syria were discussed.

A Downing Street spokesperson said:

The Prime Minister today met Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel who was visiting for Lady Thatcher’s funeral. They discussed ways to deepen economic relations between Britain and Israel, especially building on shared strengths in technology and energy.

The Prime Minister emphasised the importance of efforts to restart the Israeli-Palestinian peace process for the future of Israel, the Palestinians and the region. He said that it was essential to create the conditions for successful negotiations by improving the economic and security situation on the ground in the Occupied Territories, as well as ensuring Israel’s security from rocket and other attacks.

The Prime Minister and Mr Netanyahu agreed that the continued deterioration of the situation in Syria poses grave humanitarian and security risks. They agreed to work closely to find ways to end the crisis and to combat the risks of humanitarian crisis, proliferation of chemical and conventional weapons, and of violent extremism. They also agreed on the need to maintain real and credible pressure on Iran until it comes to the table in good faith to deal with concerns over the threat its nuclear programme poses to people across the region.