Syria: Kurds

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 8th January 2019.

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Photo of Rosie Duffield Rosie Duffield Labour, Canterbury

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will hold a meeting with political representatives of the Kurdish population in Syria to discuss that community's concerns on (a) the withdrawal of US troops and (b) a potential new Turkish military offensive in Northern Syria.

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)

Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) officials have contact with political representatives from several Kurdish groups. We are aware of concerns raised by some Kurdish political representatives around withdrawal of US troops from Syria and the potential for a Turkish military operation in northern Syria. I made clear our concerns about the impact of such an operation when I met with the Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister, Sedat Önal, on 13 December.

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