Top diplomat in Burnley to speak on Middle East issues

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THE British Consul General to Jerusalem, Sir Vincent Fean, is returning to his home town to talk about issues in the Middle East.

Burnley-born Sir Vincent, who has held numerous high-ranking diplomatic posts for the British Government overseas, will spend an evening at the UCLan Burnley Campus, Princess Way, on Wednesday from 5-30pm.

Sir Vincent, who was previously British Ambassador to Libya when Colonel Gadaffi ran the country, will discuss British policy on the Israel Palestine issue, and his experience of working in Muslim countries around the globe.

As de facto ambassador to the Occupied Territories, Sir Vincent said of his latest post: “Our task here is to support efforts to create a Palestinian state, based on the 9167 borders, living in peace and security with Israel, with Jerusalem as the capital to two states, and with a just resolution of the issue of refugees.

“While pressing for political progress, we also work with Palestinian partners locally to support and develop governmental institutions and the economy.”

Places are limited, but to book a place contact Burnley Council’s community engagement team on 477112 or email communityengagement@burnley.gov.uk.