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House of Lords written question – answered on 24th July 2013.

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To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with Ahmad Jarba, head of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and

Opposition Forces, the newly elected President of the Syrian National Coalition, regarding the development of a free, democratic and pluralist Syria that defends the rights of all Syrians.

Photo of Baroness Warsi Baroness Warsi Senior Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Jointly with the Department for Communities and Local Government), Senior Minister of State (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Faith and Communities) (also in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

Following the election of Coalition President, Ahmad al-Jarba on 6 July and the expansion in parallel of the National Coalition, the UK Special Representative to the Syrian Opposition, Jon Wilks, met the new leadership on 8 July in Istanbul. The meeting took place in the company of representatives of other countries closely supporting the Coalition. Together with the other representatives, Jon Wilks impressed on the new leadership the importance of reaching out to all Syrians over the challenge of creating a new, democratic and free Syria. The Coalition made clear that they represented a new team, which would be more open, focussed and inclusive.

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