class="story-body__introduction">A UK government minister has been ordered to return from a trip to Africa after it was revealed she held secret meetings with Israeli officials, according to BBC.Priti Patel met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other senior figures while on a private holiday with her family in August. She apologised on Monday, but there are now questions about further meetings held in September. The opposition Labour party has said Ms Patel must be investigated or resign. It is an unusual (and occasionally surreal) state of affairs, and may seem complicated, so let's take a step back. Who is Priti Patel? Priti Patel, 45, is a politician with the ruling Conservative Party, who has long been viewed as a rising star of the party. She has had numerous roles in government, and in June 2016 was appointed Secretary of State for International Development. This means Ms Patel is responsible for overseas development and the UK's programme of assistance to developing countries. It is fair to say Ms Patel is positioned on the right of the Conservative party. She is a longstanding critic of the European Union, has voted against gay marriage, campaigned against the smoking ban, and is a long-standing supporter of Israel. What has she done? Last week, the BBC revealed that Ms Patel held a number of undisclosed meetings with business and political figures during a family holiday to Israel in August. She met the leader of one of Israel's main political parties and made visits to several organisations where official government business was reportedly discussed. This is unusual, because ministers are supposed to tell the government when they are conducting official business overseas. After the visit, Ms Patel suggested some of Britain's aid budget go to the Israeli army. She also asked her officials to see if Britain could support humanitarian operations conducted by the Israeli army in the occupied Golan Heights area. That request was labelled as "inappropriate" by government officials. The UK, like other members of the international community, has never recognised Israeli control of the Golan Heights, an area seized from Syria in the 1967 Six-Day War.