Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 14th January 2014.

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Photo of Adrian Sanders Adrian Sanders Liberal Democrat, Torbay

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the causes of radicalisation and sectarianisation in Syria.

Photo of Hugh Robertson Hugh Robertson Minister of State

We are deeply concerned by the increasingly sectarian nature of the conflict, and the growing threat from terrorism and extremism. President Assad's actions include a deliberate attempt to stir up tensions in his efforts to hold on to power, and these actions are endangering the lives of all Syrians, irrespective of ethnic or religious background. We remain concerned by the growing influence of extremist groups operating in Syria, who have been able to gain a foothold as a result of the ongoing conflict. The UK has put its full support behind the National Coalition, who are committed to a pluralistic society and have condemned all forms of extremist ideology.

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