David Cameron set to make first official Israel visit within weeks

By Marcus Dysch, January 2, 2014
Prime Minister David Cameron (Photo: Number 10)

Prime Minister David Cameron (Photo: Number 10)

David Cameron is expected to travel to Israel next month for his long-awaited first official visit as Prime Minister.

Israeli Foreign Ministry sources reported that Mr Cameron would arrive in mid-February, within a week of a visit to the country from German chancellor Angela Merkel.

It is thought both leaders want to bolster the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, but the Times of Israel reported that sources in the country had denied the negotiations would be the visit's main focus.

The exact date of Mr Cameron's planned visit has not been announced.

A Number 10 spokesperson said there would be no official comment on the Prime Minister's travel plans ahead of the trip.

Mr Cameron had confirmed his intention to travel to Israel at the Downing Street Chanucah party five weeks ago.

He said the visit would be an opportunity to “show solidarity” and mark the country’s “extraordinary achievements”.

A number of international political leaders are due in Israel in the coming weeks, including Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Romanian President Traian Băsescu, and Georgia's Prime Minister, Bidzina Ivanishvili.

Last updated: 4:26pm, January 2 2014