Syria: Politics and Government

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 9th February 2012.

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Photo of Douglas Alexander Douglas Alexander Shadow Foreign Secretary

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what contact he has had with the head of the Arab League Secretariat on matters related to Syria in recent weeks.

Photo of William Hague William Hague The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

Immediately prior to my statement to the House of Commons, 6 February 2012, Hansard, columns 23-25, I spoke to the Secretary-General of the Arab League, Nabil El Araby. I welcomed and encouraged the proposal to appoint a Special Envoy of the Arab League, and I commended the Arab League's leadership and action so far. Arab Foreign Ministers will meet this weekend to consider options. The Secretary-General was clear about the urgency of the situation, the Arab world's continued determination to act, and the need to step up their efforts. I told him that the Arab League would have our complete support.

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