§ Mr. Proctor
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on relations between the United Kingdom and Israel; and what recent meetings have taken place between the Governments of the two countries.
§ Mr. Luce
Relations between Britain and Israel remain close. Further improvements would be welcome to Her Majesty's Government. We have welcomed the Israel-Lebanon Agreement and hope that this will lead to the withdrawal of all foreign forces from Lebanon. The reconsideration by the Israeli Government of their rejection of President Reagan's plan for a Middle East settlement which Her Majesty's Government support would further improve our relations.
My hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State for Education and Science visited Israel from 13 to 20 March. Talks at political director level were held in London on 3 and 4 February. There are frequent contacts at official level.