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New UK foreign secretary heads to Washington, with Israel-Hamas war a key focus of visit

Britain's Foreign Secretary David Cameron leaves from 10 Downing Street in central London on December 5, 2023, after attending a cabinet meeting. (Ben Stansall/AFP)
Britain's Foreign Secretary David Cameron leaves from 10 Downing Street in central London on December 5, 2023, after attending a cabinet meeting. (Ben Stansall/AFP)

LONDON — British Foreign Secretary David Cameron is heading to Washington to stress the importance of the UK-US relationship in his first visit to the United States since his shock return to frontline politics.

The former prime minister will also pledge the UK’s “unwavering support for Ukraine” and will discuss the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza, according to the foreign office in London.

“The UK and the US are deeply bound by a shared mission to defend the values that provide security and prosperity for us all,” Cameron says ahead of the visit.

“That is why we remain unwavering in our support of Ukraine.

“We also stand united in the Middle East, working together to ensure long-term security and stability in the region, and in responding to the challenges posed by China.”

Cameron will hold talks with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken as well as Congressional figures from both the left and right.

They will discuss getting humanitarian aid to those hit by the conflict in Gaza and how the two countries can work towards bringing about a long-term two-state solution, his office says.

Cameron, who served as Conservative prime minister from 2010 to 2016, was named as Britain’s top diplomat on November 13 when Prime Minister Rishi Sunak shuffled his ministerial team.

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