Islamic State

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 22nd October 2014.

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Photo of Karen Lumley Karen Lumley Conservative, Redditch

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the threat of Islamic State in (a) the Maldives and (b) other countries outside Iraq and Syria.

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

The threat posed by ISIL, both to the Middle East and to the rest of the world, is severe. ISIL does not recognise national boundaries, colour or creed. We are aware of the activity of ISIL sympathisers in the Maldives, and we will continue to engage with the Maldives government about the promotion of religious freedom and moderation. We will continue to monitor the threat from ISIL and to work closely with a wide range of international partners, including Iraq and Syria’s neighbours. The UK continues to play a leading role in the comprehensive coalition effort to degrade and defeat ISIL – military action is a necessary part of that effort, but ultimately the solution to ISIL is a political one.

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