United Kingdom minister apologizes for unauthorized meetings with Israeli officials

Priti Patel: Israel and Britain can extend and improve their partnership

Priti Patel: Israel and Britain can extend and improve their partnership

She also held several meetings with representatives of charities and NGOs involved in aid and humanitarian work.

Priti Patel, the worldwide development secretary, also said that the meeting and others with senior Israeli officials had been conducted without the knowledge of the British Foreign Office and apologised for failing to follow "usual procedures".

"Patel has a history of showing favouritism to Israel and is suspected to cut or divert the essential aid that the United Kingdom sends to the Palestine Authority", Slaughter told MEE.

While Labour's Chris Bryant told Sky News: "She lied to the country when she suggested last week that she had told the Foreign Secretary before she went - and she hadn't".

Patel apologized for failing to comply with the usual procedures that oblige ministers to inform the British Foreign Office before doing official business overseas and said she regretted her statement that Foreign Minister Boris Johnson was aware of the visit in advance.

Asked if Patel's secret meetings were in breach of the ministerial code, Duncan Smith then did his best to find an imaginative excuse for his colleague. The situation is made worse by the fact that rather than informing Downing Street of her trip, both Patel and Johnson kept it entirely secret until it was unearthed by the media last week.

Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesperson highlighted that the United Kingdom provides no financial support to Israeli forces and that there would be no change in policy, reported The Guardian.

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The Opposition also demanded the PM order a formal investigation into whether Ms Patel broke the ministerial code - which she is so far refusing to do. Prime Minister Theresa May said she had spoken to Patel, who had been "reminded of her obligations" as a cabinet minister.

Britain's worldwide development minister Priti Patel discussed with Isreal the idea of giving the country British foreign aid cash, Downing Street confirmed Tuesday.

On Monday, Patel had apologised for failing to disclose meetings with senior Israeli officials during a private holiday.

"There hasn't been any change in policy resulting from that". While away I had the opportunity to meet a number of people and organisations.

Senior Conservatives believe Patel should be "toast", says The Daily Telegraph.

She was accompanied by Lord Polak, honorary president of Conservative Friends of Israel (CFI), an influential lobbying organisation, during the visit in August. I am publishing a list of who I met.

Patel said: "In hindsight, I can see how my enthusiasm to engage in this way could be mis-read, and how meetings were set up and reported in a way which did not accord with the usual procedures".

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