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Iran And Iraq: Anglo-Israeli Counter-Proliferation Measures

Volume 576: debated on Saturday 17 February 1996

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asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether the United Kingdom and Israel see "eye-to-eye concerning the threats posed to the region by Iran and Iraq and agreed to increase co-operation to curb the arms developments of those countries, particularly in the non-conventional sphere" and, if so, whether the co-operative policies they propose to pursue include collaboration on counter-proliferation and on ballistic missile defences.

We share Israel's concerns about reports that Iran and Iraq have been trying to develop weapons of mass destruction. We have, in the past, held informal discussions with Israel, as we have with other countries, on ballistic missile defence, but this did not extend to discussing collaboration on weapons systems.