Syria: Turkey

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered at on 18 December 2023.

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Photo of Kate Osamor Kate Osamor Labour/Co-operative, Edmonton

To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what discussions he has had with his Turkish counterpart on the attacks in north-east Syria.

Photo of Leo Docherty Leo Docherty Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

As a close NATO ally, we regularly engage the Turkish Government on regional stability, including in Syria. The former Foreign Secretary and I (Minister for Europe) discussed this issue with Turkish counterparts during visits to Ankara in September and November respectively. The UK recognises Turkey's legitimate security interests in the region but encourages restraint from activity that could lead to further destabilisation or civilian loss of life. Security and stability in the region are necessary to prevent worsening of the already serious humanitarian situation in northern Syria and enable the Global Coalition and its partners to continue the fight against Daesh.

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