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Syria: Armed Conflict

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 214588, tabled on 30 January 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Turkish counterpart on the ongoing conflict in Syria.

Answered on

7 February 2019

I have had a number of recent conversations with my Turkish counterparts over the conflict in Syria, as have my ministerial colleagues and the Prime Minister. While we recognise Turkey's security interests, we are concerned about the humanitarian impact of a potential Turkish military operation, as well as the impact on the campaign against Daesh.

Our priority is to end the conflict in Syria through a negotiated political settlement: we believe only an inclusive, non-sectarian government can unite the country and protect the rights of all Syrians.