Syria: Humanitarian Aid

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 4th June 2020.

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Photo of Anna McMorrin Anna McMorrin Shadow Minister (International Development)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what diplomatic discussions he has had with his counterparts in (a) Germany, (b) Belgium, (c) France and (d) China on the re-authorisation of the humanitarian aid border crossing at Al Yarubiyah in north-east Syria at the UN Security Council in January 2020.

Photo of Anna McMorrin Anna McMorrin Shadow Minister (International Development)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what diplomatic discussions he has had with his counterparts in UN Security Council member states on the authorisation of alternative humanitarian aid border crossings into north-east Syria.

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

The UK strongly supports the re-authorisation of the Al Yaroubiyah border crossing to allow humanitarian aid into north-east Syria. As outlined in the UN Secretary General's report of February 2020, this remains the best route through which to deliver aid cross-border into north-east Syria. We have set out our position repeatedly at the UN Security Council, mostly recently on 19 May. The Foreign Secretary has raised this with his Russian, German and French counterparts and senior officials have discussed this with the other Security Council members including Belgium and China.

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