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Iraq: Syrian Nationals

Volume 688: debated on Monday 8 January 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What assessment they have made of the targeting of Syrian nationals by militant groups in Iraq; and whether they will make representations to the Government of Iraq to enhance the protection given to Syrian nationals and other foreign communities. [HL835]

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has not made an assessment of the targeting of Syrian nationals by militant groups in Iraq and is not aware of reports that Syrian nationals are being persecuted.

The high level of violence in Iraq affects all communities. We are supporting the Government of Iraq and the Iraqi security forces to improve their capacity and effectiveness in tackling violence, and creating a secure environment for all people in Iraq.