Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 5:39 pm on 25th September 2019.

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Photo of Chris Matheson Chris Matheson Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office) 5:39 pm, 25th September 2019

I have little time for either the Government of Iran or the Government of Saudi Arabia and I wonder whether it is always necessary to choose sides. I therefore welcome the Secretary of State’s focus on de-escalation. I echo the concerns of my hon. Friends the Members for Chesterfield (Toby Perkins) and for Preston (Sir Mark Hendrick) that the American Government’s antics seem to give Iran an excuse to walk away from agreements, which they would not have if the Trump regime were not behaving in such a way.