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Foreign Policy

Volume 496: debated on Thursday 16 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect of the Government's foreign policy on levels of violent extremism in the UK; and if he will make a statement. (287036)

We recognise that individual reactions to UK foreign policies can be a factor in radicalisation, and that violent extremists exploit this when recruiting others to their cause. But we also know that radicalisation occurs for a wide range of complex and personal reasons.

We work to explain our foreign policy, dealing with misperceptions that exist. Overseas we do this through media and public diplomacy work. To encourage debate and engagement in the UK we have a programme of outreach to communities by Ministers and senior officials on important foreign policy issues.