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Arms Trade: Turkey

Department for International Trade written question – answered on 21st October 2019.

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Photo of Catherine West Catherine West Labour, Hornsey and Wood Green

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent assessment he has made of compliance with arms export licence criteria of weapons sold to Turkey.

Photo of Graham Stuart Graham Stuart Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)

All export licence applications, including for Turkey, are assessed on a case-by-case basis against the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria, taking into account all relevant factors at the time of the application, including how the goods will be used.

The Government continues to monitor the situation in Syria very closely and is considering the licensing position in the light of recent developments. No further export licences to Turkey for items which might be used in military operations in Syria will be granted while we do so.

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