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Syrian Nationals

Volume 77: debated on Thursday 18 April 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) whether the Syrian chargé d'affaires has yet provided any satisfactory clarification of the specific points put to him at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on 5 February regarding the deportation of four Syrian nationals on 29 January; and by what date such a response was required to be given;(2) whether the issue of why Mr. Marwan Lostan, described in his passport as an engineer, was also in possession of a Syrian diplomatic passport at the time of his arrest on 20 January, although not accredited to the Syrian embassy in London, was one of the specific points on which he has sought clarification from the Syrian chargé d'affaires; and if he has yet received clarification on these specific points.

We received some further clarifications from the Syrian authorities on 5 March.