Islamic State

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 8th September 2014.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his European counterparts on preventing the spread of Islamic State to Europe.

Photo of Tobias Ellwood Tobias Ellwood The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

On 15 August, the Foreign Secretary met with EU counterparts at the Foreign Affairs Council and on 29 August, the Minister for Europe, my right hon. Friend the Member of Parliament for Aylesbury (Mr Lidington), met with his EU counterparts at Gymnich where the issue of preventing the spread of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) to Europe was raised. On 30 August, the Prime Minister discussed this issue with counterparts in the European Council, which subsequently adopted conclusions which focused on protecting Europe from immediate security threats from ISIL.

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