Syria: Military Intervention

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 21st October 2019.

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Photo of Nicholas Dakin Nicholas Dakin Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the (a) US withdrawal from and (b) Turkish incursion into Kurdish controlled territory in Syria on (i) UK security and (ii) the global geopolitical situation.

Photo of Andrew Murrison Andrew Murrison Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

As the Foreign Secretary has said, Turkey's military action has seriously undermined the stability and security of the region. We are deeply concerned about the humanitarian consequences, and the risk that this undermines the progress made in the fight against Daesh. The safety and security of the UK and its citizens is the Government's number one priority and we continue to monitor the situation closely. The UK remains fully committed to the long-term security of the region and to the Global Coalition against Daesh.

US troop movements have always been a matter for the US Government.

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