The Palestinian Mission to the United Kingdom provides official representation for the government of the State of Palestine on behalf of the Palestinian people and in the service of the Palestinian cause.
The mission seeks to foster constructive and positive bilateral relations between the UK and the government and people of Palestine, and to raise awareness in the UK of Palestinian history, culture, society and political realities.
The UK has historically played and still plays a special role in Palestine. We are keen to continue to deepen our ties in all fields, whether in trade and commerce, aid and development cooperation, cultural and education spheres or in political and diplomatic initiatives.
As a former British Mandate, a just resolution to the issue of Palestine is in the interests of the UK, and we look forward to engaging with our British partners, friends and supporters to achieve this end.
The State of Palestine is committed to a resolution of the question of Palestinian in line with international law, legitimacy and consensus.
Such a resolution involves:
- The end of Israel’s military occupation that began in 1967 and the establishment of an independent, sovereign Palestinian state on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.
- A just and equitable solution to the issue of Palestinian refugees, in accordance with UN General Assembly Resolution 194. The issue of refugees lies at the very heart of the Palestinian cause.
In light of our commitment to international law, we consider all activities in occupied territory undertaken by the occupying power — including the colonial settlements in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank, and the siege of the Gaza Strip — to be illegal. They present the main obstacles to peace.
We hope that our diplomatic efforts in the UK will ultimately result in British recognition of the State of Palestine, as voted for by the UK parliament in 2014. We look forward to the full application of international law and resolutions, and the continuing upgrading of UK-Palestine relations in all areas.
The Palestinian Mission to the United Kingdom has been functioning since the early 1970s. In 1993, it was recognised by Her Majesty’s Government as the Palestinian General Delegation. In 2011, it was upgraded into a representative mission. This growing recognition of official Palestinian representation is a mark of progress in the Palestinian quest for independence, statehood, self-determination and the return of Palestinian refugees.