Syria - Military Action

Thank you for contacting me about further military action in Syria.

Resolving the conflict in Syria means concluding the fight against Daesh; it means continuing our humanitarian work in Syria, continuing to press for humanitarian access, and supporting international efforts to deliver a long-term political solution in Syria.

I would like to assure you that any action that this country takes in Syria, in coordination with international partners, is not about intervening in a civil war or about regime change. The UK has acted to degrade chemical weapons and deter their use by the Syrian regime thus seeking to mitigate to some extent the dreadful suffering of the Syrian people. 

I am pleased that the UK’s position on chemical weapons remains unchanged: their use is unacceptable anywhere, whether on the streets of Salisbury, or in Syria.  The UK Government has been clear that that it will respond appropriately to any further use by the Syrian regime of chemical weapons and I think this is only right.   

There are circumstances, depending on the nature of any attack, in which the UK Government would need to move swiftly, and to keep in mind, as their utmost priority, the safety of those personnel involved in a mission.

Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.

Craig Whittaker MP

September 2018