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Turkey: Human Rights

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 14th December 2011.

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Photo of Hywel Williams Hywel Williams Shadow PC Spokesperson (Education), Shadow PC Spokesperson (International Development), Shadow PC Spokesperson (Work and Pensions), Shadow PC Spokesperson (Health), Shadow Spokesperson (Cabinet Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his contribution of 9 November 2011, Official Report, column 304, on the middle east and north Africa, what discussions he had with the President of Turkey on (a) human rights and (b) the Kurdish minority in Turkey.

Photo of David Lidington David Lidington The Minister for Europe

The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr Hague), did not have any substantive meetings with the President of Turkey during the state visit.

During the state visit there were several meetings between members of the Government and members of the Turkish delegation. A very wide range of topics was discussed. We do not reveal the details of private diplomatic exchanges.

Our embassy in Ankara regularly raises human rights with the relevant Turkish authorities. We will continue to monitor developments in human rights and issues surrounding the Kurdish minorities.

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