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Middle East

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 11th June 2009.

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Photo of Stephen Ladyman Stephen Ladyman Labour, South Thanet

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made on his undertaking together with Italy, Germany and France, to provide naval resources to stop the flow of weapons from Iran into the Gaza Strip.

Photo of Ivan Lewis Ivan Lewis Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

Taking action to prevent the smuggling of arms into Gaza plays a key role in consolidating the ceasefire.

We will continue to work closely with the EU, US and regional partners to establish how best our expertise, including naval resources, can be used. Officials are attending a meeting on prevention of arms smuggling to Gaza in Ottawa on 10-11 June 2009. This is a follow up meeting to the ones held in Copenhagen and London where a programme of action was agreed by the nine participating countries (Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, the UK, and the US).

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