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British minister Priti Patel quits over secret meetings in Israel

UK's aid minister is summoned to Downing Street and forced to resign over unauthorised meetings with Israeli officials.

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British minister Priti Patel quits over secret meetings in Israel

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British aid minister Priti Patel has resigned amid a controversy over undisclosed meetings with Israeli officials.

The International development secretary was summoned to Downing Street to answer questions on unsanctioned meetings that breach diplomatic protocol.

Patel is said to have held meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other top Israelis without government officials present while she was on holiday earlier this year.

Under British protocol a cabinet minister would normally balance such meetings with Palestinian representatives.

Patel also visited an Israeli military field hospital set up in the Golan Heights but like much of the international community, the British government does not recognize Israel’s control of the region captured from Syria in 1967.

It’s the second resignation from Theresa May’s cabinet within seven days. Her resignation from the cabinet follows that of Sir Michael Fallon, who quit as defence secretary on Wednesday last week amid allegations about his behaviour. The loss of a second minister comes at a time when the prime Minister is trying to reassert her authority after an election which back-fired, and as she guides a divided country and party through Brexit negotiations.