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Turkey: Antisemitism

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 8842, tabled on 5 September 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with Turkish counterparts on antisemitism.

Answered on

13 September 2017

​There have been a number of recent protests targeting synagogues in Turkey, reportedly in response to the situation at the Al Aqsa mosque in East Jerusalem in July. These were condemned by both President Erdoğan and Prime Minister Yıldırım, who emphasised the importance of freedom of religion. As a friend and ally of Turkey, the UK has a frank and honest dialogue with the Turkish authorities on a range of issues, including freedom of religion and non-discrimination.