Near East.

Oral Answers to Questions — Egypt. – in the House of Commons on 6th July 1922.

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Photo of Hon. Aubrey Herbert Hon. Aubrey Herbert , Yeovil

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asked the Prime Minister if, in view of the desirability of pursuing a peace policy in the Near East, he will issue an invitation to a round-table conference to Mustafa Kemal Pasha and recognise King Con-stantine, who is a constitutional king?

Photo of Mr David Lloyd George Mr David Lloyd George , Caernarvon District of Boroughs

In regard to the first part of the question, I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply which I gave my hon. Friend the Member for Stafford on the 3rd instant. The attitude of His Majesty's Government towards King Constantine remains unchanged.

Photo of Hon. Aubrey Herbert Hon. Aubrey Herbert , Yeovil

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asked the Prime Minister if, in view of the failure of the Near Eastern policy of His Majesty's Government since the landing of Greek troops in Smyrna, he will reconsider this policy and make a fresh statement to the House?

Photo of Mr David Lloyd George Mr David Lloyd George , Caernarvon District of Boroughs

I cannot accept the statement in the first part of the question. I am convinced that events will more and more justify the policy pursued by His Majesty's Government in this part of the world. I regret that I can add nothing to the reply which was given to my hon. and gallant Friend the Member for Clackmannan and Eastern on the 21st June.

Mr. G. MURRAY:

Can the right hon. Gentleman say if negotiations are going on now for concluding peace with Turkey?