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Turkey

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 28th November 2014.

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Photo of Menzies Campbell Menzies Campbell Liberal Democrat, North East Fife

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the government of Turkey on combatting ISIL.

Photo of David Lidington David Lidington The Minister for Europe

We maintain a regular dialogue at all levels with the Turkish government on the threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right Hon Friend the Member for Runnymede and Weybridge (Mr Hammond), discussed cooperation against ISIL with the Turkish Foreign Minister when they spoke on 9 October 2014. Since then, the Turkish President has made clear Turkey’s commitment to support international efforts to tackle the threat posed by ISIL.

Turkey is already making a valuable contribution to the international campaign against ISIL through use of its airspace and its airbases for reconnaissance and humanitarian support. We also value greatly Turkey’s generosity in hosting almost two million refugees fleeing Syria and Iraq.

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