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Syria: Armed Conflict

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN HL8724, tabled on 5 October 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of Syrian fighters reportedly deployed to Libya by the government of Turkey.

Answered on

13 October 2020

We are aware of reports of foreign fighters being transferred from Syria to engage in armed conflict in Libya - on both sides of the conflict.

The UK is clear that external involvement in the Libyan conflict, including the use of mercenaries and foreign fighters, is undermining UN efforts to secure a lasting ceasefire and restart political dialogue. We have expressed our concern to the Turkish Government, as we have to all other external actors whose activity continues to fuel the conflict.