Syria: Chemical Weapons

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 25th April 2017.

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Photo of Lisa Nandy Lisa Nandy Labour, Wigan

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his US and European counterparts on policy options in response to the chemical weapon attack in Idlib province, Syria and other alleged war crimes by the Assad regime in that country.

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

In the aftermath of the chemical weapons attack in Khan Sheikhoun on 4 April, the Foreign Secretary led efforts to increase international support for a revived UN-led political process. He called on Russia to do everything possible to bring about a political settlement in Syria and work with the rest of the international community to ensure that the shocking events of the last week are never repeated. The Foreign Secretary discusses on a regular basis the international community's response to the situation in Syria with his international counterparts, including foreign ministers from the US and the EU. On 12 April, the UK co-sponsored a United Nations Security Council resolution to condemn the use of chemical weapons and give full support to the international investigation of the Khan Sheikhoun incident. The UK continues to work closely with international partners to bring those in Syria responsible for the most atrocious crimes to account.

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