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Monday, July 14, 2003

UK rejects Sharon's call to isolate Arafat

Britain today rejected a call from the Israeli prime minister, Ariel Sharon, to break off contacts with the chairman of the Palestinian Authority, Yasser Arafat.

During talks this morning in London, the foreign secretary Jack Straw made it clear that the government would continue dealing with Mr Arafat "as we see fit", a British official said.

Read more in today's Guardian (UK).