Iran: USA

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 16 January 2020.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made representations to US President Trump requesting him not to authorise military attacks on Iran’s sites of cultural heritage following the President’s threat to do so on his Twitter account on 4 January 2020; and if he will make a statement.

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

Cultural sites are protected under international law and we would expect that to be respected. As we have emphasised in the House in recent days, we are in close contact with all sides to encourage de-escalation. The Prime Minister has spoken to President Trump, President Macron, Chancellor Merkel and Prime Minister Abdulmehdi of Iraq and will have calls with other leaders in the coming days.

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