British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has expressed concern at Israel’s plans to annex parts of the West Bank in a telephone call with Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday evening.

Iran Press/Europe: Johnson told Netanyahu the move would set back the prospects for peace in the region, Downing Street announced.

A Downing Street spokeswoman said last night: "The Prime Minister spoke to Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, this evening."

British prime minister set out his concerns about plans to annex parts of the West Bank unilaterally and cautioned that this would set back the prospects for peace in the region.

Johnson reiterated his personal support for Israel and urged Prime Minister Netanyahu to return to negotiations with the Palestinians.

Johnson last week warned the annexing would be illegal and would jeopardize relations in the Middle East.

From July 1, the Zionist regime, with the support of the US government, intended to officially occupy 30 percent of the West Bank, but with the opposition of the international community, the United Nations and most European countries, it postponed the plan.

The annexation of parts of the West Bank to the Israeli-occupied territories is one of the clauses of the anti-Palestinian so-called 'Deal of the Century', which US President Donald Trump unveiled on January 28, 2020.

Many international organizations, countries, and political and religious authorities around the world, especially Muslims, have condemned the plan. 

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