Syria

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions – in the House of Commons at 3:44 pm on 13th January 2014.

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Photo of William Hague William Hague The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs 3:44 pm, 13th January 2014

Yes, I think there is a lot in that as well. It is generally true to say that there is now a greater appetite among some of the outside powers for a political settlement in Syria than there might be among some of the people who are fighting each other in Syria. It was clear in our discussions yesterday that all 11 members of the core group of the Friends of Syria supported a political settlement and wanted the opposition to go to Geneva II. That included Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other Gulf states, which have been mentioned in these questions. We also need Russia to assist in bringing the regime to Geneva II in the same spirit, and that is what Secretary Kerry has been pursuing with the Russians today. We will all be pursuing it with them over the coming days.