Israel 'postpones' strategic dialogue with Britain

3rd November 2010, Comments 0 comments

Israel has postponed all strategic dialogue with Britain in protest over a law which allows British courts to prosecute visiting Israeli officials for alleged war crimes, officials said Wednesday.

Strategic dialogue between the two countries takes place annually and focuses on defence and security issues.

"The strategic dialogue has indeed been postponed," foreign ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor told AFP shortly after British Foreign Secretary William Hague arrived for a two-day visit.

"The visit by Foreign Minister Hague is an important phase in the ongoing exchange between the countries and the question of Israeli officials being unable to travel to Britain will be on the top of the agenda as far as we are concerned," he said.

The law in question gives British courts "universal jurisdiction" to issue warrants against individuals accused of war crimes, including visiting foreign politicians.

Earlier this week that Israel's Intelligence Minister Dan Meridor cancelled a trip to London over concerns he risked being arrest, media reports said, citing Israel's deadly raid a six-ship flotilla attempting to break the blockade on the Gaza Strip.

© 2010 AFP

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