Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 16th January 2007.

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Photo of Iain Wright Iain Wright Labour, Hartlepool

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the recommendations of the Iraq Study Group report in the context of the development of British foreign policy.

Photo of Kim Howells Kim Howells Minister of State (Middle East), Foreign & Commonwealth Office

As my right hon. Friends the Foreign and Defence Secretaries have made clear we welcomed the Iraq Study Group's (ISG) report and broadly agree with its analysis of the security situation in Iraq. However the ISO's recommendations largely reflect our own strategy for our areas of responsibility and, throughout Iraq, our fundamental objectives remain the same—to boost capacity to deliver security and basic services to the Iraqi people.

It is important to remember that this report was commissioned by and for the US government. Many of its detailed recommendations are particular to US foreign policy and/or conditions in US areas of responsibility in Iraq.

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