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British Diplomat Meets With Palestinian PM on Kidnapped BBC Journalist


A British diplomat has met again with Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh to discuss the case of kidnapped BBC journalist Alan Johnston.

British consul Richard Makepeace met in Gaza Tuesday with Mr. Haniyeh, of the Islamic militant group Hamas. The two also held talks on the kidnapping last month despite a British boycott of Palestinian officials from Hamas.

British officials say the talks do not represent a change in British policy, and are only focused on the case of Johnston, who was kidnapped in Gaza on March 12. It is not clear who the kidnappers are.

An aide to Mr. Haniyeh said the Palestinian government hopes for a resolution of the case soon.

Johnston was the only Western reporter permanently based in the Gaza Strip at the time of his abduction.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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