Syria: Islamic State

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 15th November 2018.

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Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Foreign Secretary

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with the (a) Government of Turkey and (b) Syrian Democratic Forces on the reported suspension of operations against Daesh by the SDF in response to recent strikes carried out by the Turkish air force in and around Kobane.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

The UK, with our allies, has raised concerns with Turkey about the recent escalation and we have stressed that our shared goal, as members of the Global Coalition against Daesh, must remain completing the defeat of Daesh. The Coalition has made similar points to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). Following a reduction in violence, the SDF announced on 11 November the resumption of operations against Daesh.

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