Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 22nd October 2008.

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Photo of Michael Ancram Michael Ancram Conservative, Devizes

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government have had discussions with Hezbollah in Lebanon.

Photo of Bill Rammell Bill Rammell Minister of State, Foreign & Commonwealth Office

The UK has not had contacts with Hezbollah since 2005. We keep our policy on contact with Hezbollah under close review.

Our objective with Hezbollah remains to encourage them to move away from violence and play a constructive and peaceful role in Lebanese politics.

The UK proscribed Hezbollah's External Security Organisation in 2001 and in July 2008 that proscription was extended to the entire military wing of Hezbollah. We did not proscribe its political wing.

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