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Syria: Christianity

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 51269, tabled on 31 October 2016

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to enable Christians to stay in Syria.

Answered on

3 November 2016

The UK continues to work for a sustainable political settlement in Syria, based on transition away from the Asad regime, to create a state in which all groups in Syria's rich and diverse society can be safe.

We are a core member of the International Syria Support Group which has agreed that protecting the rights of all Syrians, regardless of ethnicity or religious denomination, is fundamental. We continue to support the Syrian moderate opposition which includes representatives from religious and ethnic minority groups. Through Foreign and Commonwealth Office programmes we also support non-governmental efforts to promote dialogue between different ethnic and sectarian groups and education on tolerance, integration and pluralism.