Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 28th January 2015.

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Photo of Ann Clwyd Ann Clwyd Labour, Cynon Valley

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when his Department last raised human rights concerns at ministerial level with the government of Turkmenistan.

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

On 24 November I raised human rights in a meeting with Turkmenistan’s Minister for Education, underlining the UK’s readiness to support further reform in Turkmenistan. Our Embassy also discusses human rights with both Ministers and senior officials in Turkmenistan at appropriate opportunities, including during a meeting with First Deputy Foreign Minister Hajiyev in November 2014.

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