Syria: Aid — Private Notice Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:38 am on 18th December 2013.

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Photo of Lord Reid of Cardowan Lord Reid of Cardowan Labour 11:38 am, 18th December 2013

My Lords, given the wise decision not to intervene militarily in Syria, will the Minister accept that there is therefore an even stronger obligation on us to attend to the desperate needs of these refugees? If we are not dealing directly with Assad or the Syrian regime, and in view of the importance of Iran in the region and the tentative but significant steps that have been taken on engagement with Iran on other issues, can the Minister tell the House to what extent we have engaged with the Iranian regime as regards what should be, objectively and neutrally, the priority for all of us, which is dealing with the humanitarian refugee crisis?