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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 Crispin Blunt Crispin Blunt Conservative, Reigate 3:31 pm, 13th January 2020

May I commend what the Secretary of State said about Sultan Qaboos, and indeed what my hon. Friend Tom Tugendhat—the other former Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee—said about the potential role of Oman in the future? During this crisis, it was the Iranian Supreme Leader who talked about the corrupting influence of American troops stationed in the region, but what has been revealed over the past few days is the corrupting influence of the IRG on Iran itself. It is holding in place a regime that is frankly illegitimate, as we have seen through the eyes of the demonstrators on the streets against it. Will we continue to de-escalate the violence, and to escalate the competition of values in which most Iranian people are on our side?