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Syria: Foreign Relations

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 23 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent contact the Government has had with the Government of Syria; and if he will make a statement. (198516)

The UK has full diplomatic relations with Syria. Officials from our embassy in Damascus maintain regular contact with the Syrian Government.

UK Ministers have occasional contact with Syrian Ministers when we judge that such meetings would advance the UK’s interests. On 8 November 2007 my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary and I met the Syrian Deputy Prime Minister Abdullah Dardari and Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Miqdad at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London. On 28 September 2007 my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary met Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem at the UN in New York.

We continue to call on the Syrian Government to play a constructive role in the Middle East: to cease its support for Palestinian rejectionist groups; support the Government of Iraq; and work to support the election of a consensus President in Lebanon.