21-Nov-2017
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Priti Patel quits cabinet over Israel meetings row

LONDON Nov 9: UK government minister Priti Patel resigned Wednesday amid a political storm over her undisclosed meetings with Israeli officials.
 
The UK secretary of state for international development was summoned back from Kenya by Prime Minister Theresa May after it was revealed she met senior Israeli officials during a family holiday in the summer, a significant breach of diplomatic protocol.
 
In her resignation letter, Ms Patel said her actions "fell below the standards of transparency and openness that I have promoted and advocated".
 
The PM said her decision was "right" as "further details have come to light".
 
Ms Patel had apologised to Theresa May on Monday after unauthorised meetings in August with Israeli politicians - including prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu - came to light.
 
But it later emerged she had two further meetings without government officials present in September.