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Syria: Politics and Government

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 63975, tabled on 9 February 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his international counterparts on the political situation in Syria.

Answered on

24 February 2017

We maintain frequent Ministerial contact with international counterparts on Syria. The Foreign Secretary, my Rt Hon. Friend the Member for Uxbridge and South Ruislip (Mr Johnson), regularly discusses Syria with his counterparts, including at the monthly EU Foreign Affairs Council. The Foreign Secretary's recent conversations have covered the situation in Aleppo; humanitarian access; support for the Syrian opposition including the Higher Negotiations Committee; the current ceasefire and its implementation; and resumption of the UN-led political process, including the Geneva talks due to start this month.

The Foreign Secretary also discusses Syria bilaterally in meetings in the UK and when he travels. The Prime Minister, my Rt Hon. Friend the Member for Maidenhead (Mrs May), has discussed the political situation in Syria during a number of recent meetings and overseas visits, including to the US and Turkey.