Baroness Warsi quits U.K. cabinet over foreign policy on Gaza

The Foreign Office minister Baroness Warsi

The Foreign Office minister Baroness Warsi

The Britain’s first female Muslim cabinet minister Baroness Sayeeda Warsi had resigned on Tuesday in her protest over the government’s “morally indefensible” foreign policy on Gaza.

Prime Minister David Cameron and his Conservatives party has defended Israel’s incursion into Gaza from the beginning, with the coalition partner telling MPs that it was Hamas which initiated the conflict and that the launch of unprovoked missile attacks on another country was a war crime.

The coalition government has faced constant criticism in recent days, led by the main opposition Labour Party that it has not taken any strong stance over a conflict that has killed 1,867 Palestinians and 67 people on the Israeli side.

Lady Warsi has said while posting her resignation: “With deep regret I have this morning written to the Prime Minister & tendered my resignation. I can no longer support Govt policy on Gaza.”

The Foreign Office and faith and communities minister has stated in her resignation letter to the Prime Minister that the decision “has not been easy”, but the government’s “recent approach and language during the current crisis in Gaza is morally indefensible”.

The Tory peer has also claimed that British government’s approach and language during the Gaza crisis “is not in Britain’s national interest” and would have a “detrimental impact on our reputation internationally and domestically”.

Mr Cameron has spoken of his “regret” of being unable to speak to his minister before she quit as he is currently in Portugal on holidays.

However the Conservative party which is also shocked by the timing of Lady Warsi’s departure, have stressed that the government’s focus was on ending the Gaza violence rather than apportioning blame on either side.

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