Syria: Turkey

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered at on 22 January 2024.

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Photo of Feryal Clark Feryal Clark Shadow Minister (Crime Reduction)

To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what assessment has he made of the implications for his policies of the airstrikes by Turkey in northern Syria.

Photo of Feryal Clark Feryal Clark Shadow Minister (Crime Reduction)

To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what discussions he has had with his Turkish counterpart on Turkey’s airstrikes in northern Syria.

Photo of Feryal Clark Feryal Clark Shadow Minister (Crime Reduction)

To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what information his Department holds on the number of civilian deaths from Turkish air strikes in northern Syria.

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

As a close NATO ally, we regularly engage with Turkey on regional stability, including in Syria. The UK recognises Turkey's legitimate security interests in Syria but also the need to protect civilian lives and infrastructure, and to avoid destabilising activity. Stability in the region is essential to prevent worsening of the already serious humanitarian situation in northern Syria and enable the Global Coalition to continue the fight against Daesh. We continue to monitor the situation. The UK continues to deliver aid to those in need in northern Syria.

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