Just hours after assuming his role as the new UK Foreign Secretary, David Cameron engaged in a conversation with his American counterpart, Antony Blinken, addressing the intensifying Israel-Hamas conflict in the Gaza Strip. The UK Foreign Office, in a statement late Monday, revealed that Cameron and Blinken delved into discussions about the Middle East conflict, emphasizing Israel’s right to self-defense and stressing the crucial need for humanitarian pauses to facilitate the safe passage of aid into Gaza.
The officials also expressed their unwavering support for Ukraine in its ongoing struggle against Russia’s illegal war of aggression. They underlined the robust and profound nature of the relationship between the UK and the US, highlighting its significance for regional and global security.
The US State Department echoed these sentiments, stating that Blinken congratulated Cameron on his new role, emphasizing the continuity of the US-UK special relationship and its importance in maintaining regional and global security.
In addition to the Gaza and Ukraine conflicts, Blinken and Cameron delved into discussions about relations with China. This comprehensive diplomatic exchange underscores the multifaceted challenges that the international community faces and the collaborative efforts required to address them.
Cameron’s appointment as the new Foreign Secretary came as part of a significant Cabinet reshuffle orchestrated by UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. This reshuffle saw James Cleverly being replaced as Foreign Secretary by Cameron, who previously served as the Prime Minister from May 2010 to July 2016.
Cameron returned to the political forefront following a period of relative quiet, making headlines last month with his critique of the decision to cancel the HS2 high-speed train line between Birmingham and Manchester. The reshuffle also included the removal of Suella Braverman, of Indian origin, from the post of Home Secretary due to her controversial article criticizing the Met Police over pro-Palestine protests, which she failed to amend despite Downing Street advice.