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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:31 pm on 13th January 2020.

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Photo of Julian Lewis Julian Lewis Conservative, New Forest East 3:31 pm, 13th January 2020

Given the parallels between the ruthless and reckless behaviour of Iran, and the way in which the late and unlamented Soviet Union used to behave, does the Foreign Secretary accept that a policy of long-term containment, as worked in the one case, is probably most likely to work in the other? If he does accept that, is he satisfied that our American allies are now communicating with us to the extent that they need to so that our troops, who are their partners, are not unduly affected by sudden, dramatic initiatives without warning?