Qassem Soleimani

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 29th January 2020.

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Photo of The Marquess of Lothian The Marquess of Lothian Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the killing of General Qassem Soleimani on 3 January and the President of the United States' subsequent statement on Twitter on 13 January that it "doesn’t really matter...because of his horrible past" whether an imminent attack was planned by General Soleimani, what assessment they have made of the case for a review of the international legal framework in relation to (1) the conduct of targeted assassinations, and (2) strikes by unmanned aerial vehicles.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State

Article 51 of the UN Charter recognises that all States have an inherent right of self-defence. Any use of force must be in accordance with the requirements of applicable international law.

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