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Turkish unilateral military action in north east Syria: UK government statement

Following an incursion by the Turkish military in north east Syria today, the Foreign Secretary has issued a statement expressing concern.

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Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said:

I have serious concerns about the unilateral military action that Turkey has taken. This risks destabilising the region, exacerbating humanitarian suffering, and undermining the progress made against Daesh which should be our collective focus.

Turkey has shown considerable generosity in hosting so many Syrian refugees. But we will not support plans for returns until the conditions are in place for a voluntary and safe return home.

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Published 9 October 2019