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Arms Trade: Turkey

Question for Department for International Trade

UIN 8939, tabled on 25 May 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, on what basis she made the decision to lift restrictions on arms sales to Turkey; and if she will make a statement.

Answered on

6 June 2022

HM Government is satisfied that decisions on licence applications to Turkey can be taken, by following a careful assessment against the Strategic Export Licensing Criteria on a case-by-case basis.

The Criteria provide a thorough risk assessment framework and take into account a full range of factors such as our international obligations, including the Arms Trade Treaty.

These are not decisions we take lightly. We will not issue any export licences where to do so would be inconsistent with the Criteria.

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