Priti Patel sorry for breach of protocol

Priti Patel

London: Britain's international development minister Priti Patel apologised on Monday for failing to disclose meetings with senior Israeli officials during a private holiday.

The meetings were a potential breach of ministerial protocol.

Patel said she met senior Israeli figures, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the foreign ministry director-general Yuval Rotem and Opposition leader Yair Lapid.

She apologised for failing to follow the usual procedures that ministers inform Britain's foreign office before conducting official business overseas and said she regretted suggesting foreign secretary Boris Johnson had been aware of her trip.

"I can see how my enthusiasm to engage in this way could be mis-read, and how meetings were set up and reported," Patel said in a statement. "I am sorry for this and I apologise for it."

Prime Minister Theresa May's government is already under the microscope over the fallout from a broader parliamentary sexual harassment scandal which last week forced defence minister Michael Fallon to resign. 


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