Syria: Islamic State:Written question - HL5781

Asked by Baroness Cox
Asked on: 22 February 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Syria: Islamic State
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Joint Statement of Guiding Principles for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS which says that "only a few pockets of land remain under [ISIS] control in Syria"; and whether the UK has any plans to withdraw from the coalition.
Answered on: 08 March 2018

The British Government supports the vision set out in the Joint Statement of Guiding Principles. At the ministerial meeting of the Global Coalition this month, the Minister of State for the Middle East expressed this Government's support.

As the Guiding Principles note '…our work is not done. ISIS/Da'esh remains a serious threat to the stability of the region and our common security.' That is why the UK will continue to play a leading role in the Global Coalition. Daesh remains a threat. In order to protect UK citizens at home and abroad, we must continue our efforts to secure the lasting defeat of Daesh in Syria and Iraq.

We are working to secure Daesh's lasting defeat by working with legitimate local authorities to ensure a stable, prosperous and united future for affected communities in both Syria and Iraq. Daesh must not be allowed to re-emerge.

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