British envoy to meet Palestinian PM

A British envoy will meet Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas on Thursday to discuss efforts to free an abducted journalist, a British diplomat said, despite a European Union boycott of the group.

British envoy to meet Palestinian PM

A British envoy will meet Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas on Thursday to discuss efforts to free an abducted journalist, a British diplomat said, despite a European Union boycott of the group.

BBC correspondent Alan Johnston was abducted from his car on March 12, and has been held captive longer than any of the several foreign journalists seized in the Gaza Strip.

There has been no public word on his fate despite Palestinian government pledges to find him.

Consul-General Richard Makepeace's talks with Haniyeh will be the first meeting between a representative of the British government and a Hamas member of the new Palestinian unity government.

But a British diplomat said they would not represent a departure from the EU's policy of boycotting Hamas.

"This is just to discuss the kidnapping," he said.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Eylül 2018, 18:16
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