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Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Libya (17 Oct 2017)

Boris Johnson: I have regular discussions with our P3 partners—the French and the Americans—and with Italy, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates on how we can bring together the international community in support of the United Nations plan for Libya, which in our view offers by far the best hope for that country and the best prospect of security for all its people.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Libya (17 Oct 2017)

Boris Johnson: We must all be aware of the reality in Libya, and indeed in Sirte: there is a tragic absence of security and the problems of that city have yet to be resolved. But when they are resolved—they will be addressed, and are being, with the help of this country—the people of Libya will indeed have fantastic economic prospects, and that is the objective of this Government.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Libya (17 Oct 2017)

Boris Johnson: As I have been saying, the key thing is to bring together all the sides in Libya—the two halves of the country, Mr Swehli, Mr Saleh, Prime Minister al-Sarraj and of course General Haftar—to change the Skhirat agreement of 2014 to get a new political settlement and then to have elections, and through those elections to produce a unified Government that we believe offer the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Libya (17 Oct 2017)

Boris Johnson: By far the best thing this Government and this House can do is to get behind the plan this Government are promoting to bring security to Libya and to Sirte, which would do honour to all those who fell fighting Daesh in Libya. That is the way forward for that country, and that is the course we are promoting.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Libya (17 Oct 2017)

Boris Johnson: That is a very good point, because one of the difficulties in Libya over the last few months and years has been the tendency of actors across the international landscape to try to come up with their own plans, which has allowed the various parties in Libya to play one part of the international community off against another, and not to do the deals that are necessary. What needs to happen now...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Libya (17 Oct 2017)

Boris Johnson: I can tell the hon. Gentleman that we have very good relations with all parties in Libya. One of our objectives, which remains undimmed, is to bring those parties together so as to form a unified Government of Libya.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Libya (17 Oct 2017)

Boris Johnson: I do not believe that political point scoring of this kind or trivialising the reality—[Interruption.] Ignoring the reality of the security situation in Sirte does no favours to the people of Libya. They want to see the international community concerted and co-ordinated around the UN plan so that their children can have the opportunities that are currently being denied to their own...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Russia (17 Oct 2017)

Boris Johnson: We cannot have a normal relationship with Russia given how it has behaved in Ukraine and Syria, and given its continuing behaviour in the cyber sphere, but we must engage with Russia, which is what we will do and are doing, to further mutual interests where they exist.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Russia (17 Oct 2017)

Boris Johnson: I remember reading George Kennan’s article many years ago and it contains much wisdom. The tragedy is that, in many ways, Russia is behaving as though there is a new cold war, and our objective is to prevent the situation from getting any worse by constraining Russia and ensuring that we penalise it for its malign and disruptive activities. However, it is also our objective to engage...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Russia (17 Oct 2017)

Boris Johnson: Absolutely. It is also worth reminding people that it was the Labour party that sneered at working people who tried to rise up against such regimes, and it was the Labour party that supported and connived in the repressive activities of Moscow for decades.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Russia (17 Oct 2017)

Boris Johnson: We are continually monitoring Russian activity in that sphere. I can tell the hon. Lady that the Russians have been up to all sorts of mischief in many countries, but so far we cannot yet pinpoint any direct Russian cyber-attacks on this country.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Russia (17 Oct 2017)

Boris Johnson: I can tell my hon. Friend that only yesterday, at breakfast, I met Vladimir Kara-Murza, a distinguished leader of the Russian Opposition and a journalist, who paid tribute to this country for being one of the few European countries to implement what is, to all intents and purposes, a Magnitsky Act. People on this side of the House can be very proud of the role they have played—in fact,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Counter-terrorism (17 Oct 2017)

Boris Johnson: Broadly speaking, there are two, mutually contaminating ecosystems of terror that we face, one is at home and one is abroad. What the UK is doing overseas is to drive out the terrorists from the spaces they currently occupy, be that in Iraq, Syria, Libya or Nigeria. We are having a great deal of success in that. The ungoverned space occupied by terrorists has been greatly reduced in the past...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Counter-terrorism (17 Oct 2017)

Boris Johnson: I believe the hon. Gentleman is referring to the JICTU—Joint International Counter Terrorism Unit—arrangement we have across government. I think he would accept that in view of what I have said about the mutually contaminating ecosystems of terror that we face, where people are being radicalised online here at home and people are in the ungoverned spaces, be it in Iraq, Syria or...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Counter-terrorism (17 Oct 2017)

Boris Johnson: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for pointing out Russian sacrifice in the war. He is quite right to allude to it, although I might also point out that probably 30 million people died in Stalin’s purges and famines and various other things associated with communism which, as I say, were indulged by the Labour party. [Interruption.] It is true. My hon. Friend’s point about...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Counter-terrorism (17 Oct 2017)

Boris Johnson: The right hon. Gentleman makes a good point. As he knows, they are guilty of a crime—what they have done in going to fight overseas is a crime—and they should be brought to justice. What we have done overall is to call for the evidence that we need to prosecute them to be gathered by the special investigative team that has just been set up by the UN, thanks to the UK’s agency.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Counter-terrorism (17 Oct 2017)

Boris Johnson: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for that question; he brings great learning to this subject. In the end, there might be the prospect of Hamas being brought in—of course that must be right—but before that can happen it has to renounce terror, to recognise Israel’s right to exist, to cease and desist from vile and anti-Semitic propaganda and to abide by the Quartet principles....

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Hurricane Support (17 Oct 2017)

Boris Johnson: The whole House can be proud of the way the country responded. We have committed £62 million to meet the immediate—[Interruption.] Excuse me, Mr Speaker; I am answering Questions 10 and 15 together with Question 8—

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Hurricane Support (17 Oct 2017)

Boris Johnson: I am obliged and I stand corrected, Mr Speaker. I am answering Questions 8, 10 and 14 together, because they all relate to the impact of the hurricane. The House can be proud of the way in which the country responded. We have provided £62 million to meet the immediate humanitarian needs. We deployed 2,000 military personnel and delivered 600 tonnes of aid. We fielded fantastic quantities...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Hurricane Support (17 Oct 2017)

Boris Johnson: I am grateful for the sentiment that my hon. Friend has expressed and his willingness to come to the defence and support of our military and our aid workers. I saw from my own direct experience that they did an absolutely fantastic job. I will not hide it from the House: I was surprised to see on the news—before the hurricane had even finished—that I had received a letter...


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