Prime Minister David Cameron has welcomed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to Number 10 and said that he was "delighted" and thought it "absolutely right" that they had upgraded the Palestinian delegation to a Mission.
The PM said that they had a lot to discuss but that most important of all it was his “strong belief” that this was a moment “not to push back on the talks between Israel and Palestine, but to actually make more progress, to push forward”.
This is a moment when we should be trying to seize the opportunity and recognise that the peace process lies at the heart of so many of the issues in your region and we very strongly support those talks going ahead.
We also supported the recent UN Security Council resolution on the Middle East Peace Process and were proud to do that.
Read more: Joint statement from PM and President Abbas