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Iran: Terrorism

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 20th March 2020.

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Photo of Alexander Stafford Alexander Stafford Conservative, Rother Valley

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of Iran’s use of terrorist proxies in the Middle East region.

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

We have made clear our longstanding concerns over Iran's links and support for proxy groups and militias across the Middle East region. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and associated entities including the IRGC Qods Force are known to be involved in multiple regional conflicts, including through the provision of financial and military support to militant and proscribed groups such as Hizballah, Hamas and Palestinian rejectionist groups, and the Houthis in Yemen. Such support is in contravention of UN Security Council resolutions and directly undermines prospects for regional security and lasting peace in the region. The Government is clear that Iran should cease disruptive involvement in regional conflicts, and should instead look to play a constructive role in regional stability.

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