Mike Gapes MP was one of a group of Members of Parliament who met with Minister of State Bill Rammell MP at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in Westminster today.
The meeting was called to discuss the appalling and deteriorating situation in Gaza.
The Minister gave a briefing of the current situation and the efforts of the UK government, the European Union, the Quartet, the Arab League and the United Nations to get an immediate and urgent ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. The Minister then answered a wide range of questions and listened to the concerns of those present.
Speaking during the discussion Mike Gapes stressed the importance of united pressure of the international community for an immediate mutual ceasefire and highlighted the role of Egypt, Saudi Arabia and other members of the League of Arab States in persuading Hamas to stop its rocket attacks and the potential of the United States in influencing Israel. The photograph shows Mike Gapes MP and Bill Rammell after the meeting.
posted 6 January 2009