Published: Wed, November 08, 2017
Culture | By Marion Pratt

UK's Priti Patel sorry for secret meetings with Israeli officials

UK's Priti Patel sorry for secret meetings with Israeli officials

Britain's Minister for International Development, Bertie Patel, apologized on Monday for not disclosing meetings with senior Israeli officials during a private holiday.

Kate Osamor, her Labour shadow, branded Ms Patel's absence "simply unacceptable", a criticism echoed by the SNP's spokesman, Stephen Gethins.

The list showed that Patel also held meetings with Yuval Rotem, a senior official at the Israeli foreign ministry; Gilad Erdan, the minister for public security, information and strategic affairs; and Yair Lapid, a former finance minister in Netanyahu's coalition government and the leader of Israel's centrist Yesh Atid party.

She apologised for failing to follow the usual procedures that ministers inform Britain's Foreign Office before conducting official business overseas and said she regretted suggesting Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson had been aware of her trip.

Carter Page testifies he told Sessions about Russian Federation trip
Politico previously reported that Page told then-campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, his fellow national security adviser J.D. Both said they were unaware of any coordination between Russian officials and members of the Trump campaign.

Priti Patel was formally reprimanded by Theresa May yesterday and faced calls to resign after admitting she held a string of secret meetings during a "family holiday" in Israel, including one with Benjamin Netanyahu.

The meetings were a potential breach of ministerial protocol.

Patel also clarified previous remarks to the Guardian newspaper on Friday in which she had appeared to suggest that British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson knew of her schedule beforehand.

Mr Trickett said the PM should either call in her independent adviser on ministerial standards or "state publicly and explain your full reasons for why Priti Patel retains your confidence despite clear breaches of the ministerial code". The Foreign Office, it said, was "clear that United Kingdom interests were not damaged or affected by the meetings on this visit".

Mueller Has Enough Evidence to File Charges Against Flynn
If Flynn is charged, he would be the first individual to have worked for the Trump presidency accused of wrongdoing. Flynn's son had reportedly worked closely with his father at his lobbying firm, the Flynn Intel Group.

Kate Osamor, the shadow worldwide development secretary, told the Commons on Tuesday that it was "hard to think of a more black and white case of breaking the ministerial code of conduct".

"I can see how my enthusiasm to engage in this way could be mis-read, and how meetings were set up and reported", Patel said in a statement.

"I am sorry for this and I apologise for it", Ms. Patel said in a statement. The Telegraph also reported that Patel had suggested to Netanyahu that the United Kingdom should give aid to the Israeli army.

Number 10 was also unable to confirm whether there were any other policy discussions held between Ms Patel and the Israeli Government during her visit. Prime Minister Theresa May said she had spoken to Patel, who had been "reminded of her obligations" as a cabinet minister.

Trump campaign adviser Carter Page acknowledges meeting with senior Russian officials: transcript
Page addressed some of the questions about those trips in more than seven hours of testimony last week to the House committee. He has for months said the trip was made as a private citizen, not as part of his role with the Trump campaign.

On Monday, Ms Patel issued a statement to say her Tel Aviv meetings were to discuss "prospects for closer collaboration between Israel and the United Kingdom on development and humanitarian issues".

Like this: