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Britain says Livni welcome despite arrest warrant

Last Updated: Thursday, December 17, 2009 - 00:22

Jerusalem: British Prime Minister Gordon
Brown phoned former Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni on Wednesday
to say she is still welcome in Britain, despite a recent
attempt by pro-Palestinian activists to have her arrested
during a planned visit to London.
Livni`s office said the British premier called today
afternoon to say he objects to the arrest warrant and that he
intends to act to change the law that allowed it to be issued.

A Downing Street spokesman confirmed the phone call.
Brown said "it was a disappointment she couldn`t visit, and
that she would be welcome in the UK at any time," the
spokesman said.
The gesture did little to calm an uproar in Israel over
the attempt to arrest Livni, the latest in a string of Israeli
leaders to be threatened with legal action in Britain.

Livni told reporters in Jerusalem that the warrant put
other world leaders and countries at risk. "This isn`t just a
warrant against me or the state of Israel, this is against
every democratic country that is fighting terrorism," Livni
said.

PTI

First Published: Thursday, December 17, 2009 - 00:22
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