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Rishi Sunak and King Abdullah II discuss further efforts to deliver aid to Gaza

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Britain and Jordan discussed efforts to “significantly increase” the delivery of humanitarian aid to Gaza amid fears of a regional escalation.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak spoke to Jordan’s King Abdullah II on Sunday and discussed Britain’s participation in Jordan-led air aid deliveries. They also discussed land and maritime aid corridors to Gaza.

In an attempt to allay fears of a regional escalation following hostilities between Iran and Israel, Mr Sunak highlighted Britain’s “unwavering support for Jordanian and wider regional security, despite recent threats”.

“A significant escalation was not in anyone’s interest,” he said.

Britain remained committed to finding a solution to the Gaza crisis, in the form of an “immediate humanitarian pause” to secure more aid, release the hostages and lead to a “lasting ceasefire” fires in the longer term”.

A “viable” two-state solution remained Britain’s “ultimate goal”, the prime minister told the Jordanian leader, with support for a “reformed Palestinian authority to deliver stability and prosperity in the Palestinian territories”.

The call comes days after Britain abstained from a UN Security Council resolution recognizing Palestinian statehood.

British Foreign Secretary David Cameron had previously suggested that Britain would be prepared to recognize the Palestinian state at the UN “sooner rather than later”.

Lord Cameron was in Israel this week with German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, where he described Israel’s efforts to allow more aid to Gaza as “positive”.

On Sunday, Middle East Minister of State Tariq Ahmad condemned Israel’s overnight airstrike on a building in Rafah.

According to authorities in Gaza, nine people, including six children, were killed in the strike. “Shocked by the Israeli attack on a residential apartment in Gaza’s densely populated Rafah, which resulted in the deaths of more children,” Lord Ahmad wrote on X.

“We must immediately stop this fighting and put an end to this conflict.”

Israeli officials have repeatedly stated their intention to invade Rafah in southern Gaza, despite concerns from the US and Britain that it would lead to significant civilian casualties.

Updated: April 21, 2024, 2:10 PM