Thursday, 13 December 2012

Questions (55)

Brendan Smith

Question:

55. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he raised the matter of recently announced illegal Israeli settlement development with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during her recent visit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [56193/12]

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Written answers (Question to Foreign)

I had a bilateral meeting with the US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, last Thursday (6 December) on the margins of the OSCE Ministerial Council. Given my commitments as host of the Council and Secretary Clinton’s own commitments, the meeting was necessarily brief. We covered a number of issues, mostly OSCE-related or touching on bilateral relations. Time did not permit a discussion of the recent Israeli settlement announcements, in relation to which both Secretary Clinton and I had previously issued public statements which were strongly critical of these actions.