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Britain's top diplomat says a Palestinian state could be recognized before a deal with Israel

Britain's top diplomat says a Palestinian state could be recognized before a deal with Israel

However, David Cameron said there would be no recognition as long as Hamas remained in Gaza.

David Cameron

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247 – British Foreign Secretary David Cameron has said he is ready to recognize a Palestinian state soon after a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, rather than waiting for the outcome of protracted talks on a two-state solution between Israelis and Palestinians. Guardian.

Recognition “can't come at the beginning of the process, but it doesn't necessarily have to be right at the end of the process,” former prime minister Cameron said during a visit to Lebanon on Thursday.

“It's this process, this progress toward a solution, that we might consider becoming more concrete,” Cameron said. “What we need to do is give the Palestinian people a chance for a better future, a future where they have a state of their own.”

However, he added that no recognition would happen while Hamas is in the Gaza Strip, but could happen while Israeli negotiations with Palestinian leaders continue.

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