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Palestinian diplomat: UK must lead peace process

By Dominic Waghorn, diplomatic editor
Britain must step up and lead the Middle East peace process because the Trump administration is dismantling it, the Palestinians' new chief diplomat in the UK has told Sky News.
In an exclusive interview on his first day in office, Dr Husam Zomlot said the UK must become the world's leading mediator between Israelis and Palestinians for the good of both Britain and the US.
He said: "Best friends are there to fill the vacuum if the vacuum is going to be dangerous for your old friend which is America. Fill it. This is a moment of leadership I tell you."Dr Zomlot was the Palestinian envoy to Washington until a month ago when the Trump administration shut down the Palestinian diplomatic mission in the US capital - revoking his visa and those of his wife and two young children.It was an unprecedented move against a diplomat's family.

Palestinian diplomat: UK must lead peace process

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The closure followed a series of actions by the Trump White House taking sides with Israelis against Palestinians, including recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, moving its embassy there and cutting off aid to Palestinian refugees after decades of financial supportBut Dr Zomlot sees opportunity in the current situation for Britain to take a leading role and revive peace efforts.''There is a role in search for a player. Especially now at this moment of time. I firmly believe that Britain can help at this point in time avoid the chaos that the Trump administration is creating," he said.The new de facto Palestinian ambassador to the UK is an anglophile with a special debt to the UK.
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