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Northern Syria: Turkish Incursion - Statement

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:55 pm on 15th October 2019.

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Photo of Lord Howell of Guildford Lord Howell of Guildford Conservative 2:55 pm, 15th October 2019

Can my noble friend say whether the American authorities have explained in full their rather convoluted policy on this horrific situation? It is very hard to follow, and the media here seem unable to explain the switches and changes in the White House. Can he also explain what was behind the comments of his right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Defence, as reported in the Times this morning? Unlike the noble Baroness, Lady Northover, I detected a rather sympathetic reference to the Turkish incursions, which sounded extremely strange. Can he explain that?