Syria: Peacekeeping Operations

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 9th January 2019.

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Photo of Lloyd Russell-Moyle Lloyd Russell-Moyle Labour/Co-operative, Brighton, Kemptown

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the decision by the US to withdraw all of its ground troops from Syria, what representations he received from US officials prior to the US President's decision to withdraw; and what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the US withdrawal on the numbers of British ground forces operating 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)

The Foreign Secretary spoke with United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on 19 December with regard to President Trump's decision to withdraw from Syria. Senior officials have been in close contact with their US counterparts on the implementation of this decision, including on the implications for Coalition military action in Syria.

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