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Turkey: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN HL8959, tabled on 30 June 2023

To ask His Majesty's Government what representations, if any, they are making to the government of Turkey concerning reports that drone strikes used by that country have caused (1) deaths, and (2) injuries, in north and east Syria.

Answered on

13 July 2023

We regularly engage the Turkish Government on regional stability, including in Syria. Most recently, I [Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon] represented the UK's position to Turkish counterparts in Istanbul on 9 June. The UK is closely monitoring the situation in northern Syria. We recognise Turkey's legitimate security interests in the region but encourage restraint from activity that could lead to further destabilisation or civilian loss of life. Security and stability in the region are necessary to prevent worsening of the already serious humanitarian situation in northern Syria and enable the Global Coalition and its partners to continue the fight against Daesh.