US V-P Kamala Harris holds talks with UK PM Sunak
The Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harris met with the United Kingdom Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Wednesday and discussed the support for Israel's right to defend itself as well as the urgent need to increase the flow of humanitarian aid into Gaza.
The two leaders also discussed "working together" on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and continued support for Ukraine.
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has often said the UK supports Israel's right to defend itself in line with international law and to fight against Hamas after the terror group launched an attack on Tel Aviv on October 7.
"I want to share the deep condolences of the British people and stress that we absolutely support Israel's right to defend itself in line with international law, to go after Hamas...We also recognise that the Palestinian people are victims of Hamas too," the British PM said while delivering a joint statement alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu post their private meeting at the prime minister's office in Jerusalem last week.
Sunak said he was "sorry" to visit Israel in "such terrible circumstances". He said: "In the last two weeks, this country has gone through something that no country, no people should have to endure, least of all Israel..." He further said he welcomes Israel's decision to ensure that routes into Gaza will be opened for humanitarian aid to enter.
"I am glad that you made that decision. We will support it...We also want you to win," Sunak had said.
Upon his arrival, he said: "I am in Israel, a nation in grief. I grieve with you and stand with you against the evil that is terrorism. Today, and always."
The British PM met families that had their loved ones taken away from them as a result of the war.