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Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL2525, tabled on 30 October 2014

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the decision by the government of Israel to close access to Al-Aqsa mosque; and whether they intend to raise the matter at the European Union Council of Ministers.

Answered on

6 November 2014

The temporary closure of the Temple Mount/Haram al Sharif compound on 30 October has added to the growing tensions in East Jerusalem. There is a serious risk of escalation and further violence. Along with international partners, including other EU Member States, we will continue to press all sides to de-escalate and protect the status quo, and we will continue to monitor the situation closely in the run up to the Foreign Affairs Council later this month.