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Islamic State

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 20769, tabled on 4 January 2016

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his European counterparts on Daesh's funding channels and steps to tackle those channels.

Answered on

12 January 2016

Since we launched our campaign to defeat Daesh in the summer of 2014, the UK has frequently discussed with EU partners, both bilaterally and multilaterally, how we can cut off the resources that allow Daesh to operate. Recently, the UK has been working closely with our EU partners to implement EU sanctions against Daesh following the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2253. This includes sanctions against individuals involved in brokering oil deals between Daesh and the Asad regime. At the December Foreign Affairs Council, The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Runnymede and Weybridge (Philip Hammond) called for the EU to reinforce its efforts on terrorist financing. The Prime Minister, my right hon. Friend the Member for Witney (David Cameron) also reiterated at the December European Council the importance of rapid action against Daesh’s financing through asset freezes and other restrictive measures.