British Prime Minister Gordon Brown is in Israel for talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders. In his first trip to the region since becoming Prime Minister, he is expected to push for an economic plan, that will prepare the ground for a peace deal. He travelled to the West Bank town of Bethlehem for talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
On the agenda, was budgetary support for economic reconstruction and development in the Palestinian territories. Millions of euros may follow if the region becomes stable.
Earlier he visited Yad Vashem, Israel’s official Holocaust memorial. He attended a ceremony for the Jewish victims of Nazi Germany – laying a wreath at the eternal flame in the Hall of Remembrance. He also met President Shimon Peres, who agreed the Middle East needed a new approach to achieve peace.
On Monday, he will address the parliament – the Knesset. It will be the first time a British premier has ever made a speech there. The British Prime Minister will also meet other senior Israeli ministers and opposition figures on his trip, which follows a visit to Baghdad and Basra on Saturday.