Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 24th February 2005.

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Photo of David Drew David Drew Labour/Co-operative, Stroud

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Governments of (a) Syria, (b) Iran and (c) Jordan on insurgency in Iraq.

Photo of Bill Rammell Bill Rammell Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Ministers and officials frequently discuss the situation in Iraq with the Syrian, Jordanian, and Iranian authorities. My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary raised this issue with Syrian Foreign Minister Shara'a in October 2004 and our ambassador in Damascus raises it on a regular basis. My right hon. Friends the Prime Minister and the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean discussed the situation in Iraq with King Abdullah of Jordan in October 2004 and February 2005 respectively. The Foreign Secretary met with Hassan Rouhani, Secretary General of the Iranian Supreme National Security Council on 13 December 2004 and Foreign and Commonwealth Office Director-General John Sawers met with Foreign Minister Kharrazi and other senior figures in Iran's Government on 2 February 2005.

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