Patel says sorry for hiding Israeli talks


DFID SECRETARY IN TROUBLE AFTER FAILING TO DISCLOSE MEETINGS INTERNATIONAL development secretary Priti Patel apologised on Monday (6) for failing to dis­close meetings with senior Israeli officials during a private holiday. The meetings were a potential breach of ministerial protocol. Patel said that she met senior Israeli figures, including prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the foreign ministry’s director general Yuval Rotem and opposition leader Yair Lapid. She apologised for failing to fol­low the usual procedures that min­isters inform the Foreign and Com­monwealth Office before conduct­ing official business overseas and said she regretted suggesting for­eign secretary Boris Johnson had been aware of her…

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