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Middle East: Religious Freedom

Volume 502: debated on Tuesday 8 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions (a) each Minister and (b) officials in his Department have had with (i) Arab states and (ii) the government of Israel on discrimination against Jewish communities in Arab states; what the outcomes were of such discussions; and if he will make a statement. (303918)

In the past 12 months the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has been active in taking forward initiatives designed to counter discrimination against Jewish communities across the world, including in Arab states. In February the FCO co-hosted the inaugural conference of the Inter-Parliamentary Coalition for Combating Anti-Semitism, attended by parliamentarians from around the world. Subsequently we have been committed to advancing the objectives set out in the London Declaration on Combating Anti-Semitism which aspires to combat any manifestations of anti-Semitism and of discrimination against Jewish people.