Syria - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:00 pm on 20 March 2017.

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Photo of Baroness Anelay of St Johns Baroness Anelay of St Johns Minister of State 3:00, 20 March 2017

My Lords, I understand why the noble Lord raises this question—he has diplomatic experience and background in these issues—but as I responded to him a short while ago, we have no faith in the word of Assad because he has broken his word so frequently. Indeed, he is breaking his word now on a ceasefire, for example in east Ghouta. So we do not feel that it is right to show our faith or our trust in him, which we cannot have, by opening an embassy in Damascus at the moment.