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SNP's Ian Blackford sparked a furious response from Prime Minister Boris Johnson after the Scottish politician accused the British Government of "washing its hands" of the Syrian people.

PUBLISHED: 12:31, Wed, Feb 12, 2020 | UPDATED: 12:48, Wed, Feb 12, 2020

SNP's Westminster leader Ian Blackford quizzed Boris Johnson over his Government's commitment to helping put an end to the civil conflict ravaging Syria and supporting displaced Syrians in the area. Mr Blackford accused the Prime Minister of bypassing his questions before suggesting the British Government was "washing its hands" of the Syrian people. But the claim sparked a furious response from Mr Johnson: "I really think the Right Honourable Gentleman needs to consult his memory better because he will find that this country and this Government have persistently called for the end of the Assad regime.

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"Indeed it has led the world in denouncing the cruelty of the Assad regime towards his own people.

"That has been continuously the policy of the British Government."

Mr Johnson added: "The whole House will know what I’ve said in this House several times – the UK leads the world is supporting humanitarian relief efforts in Syria. £3.2billion this country has committed to that cause."

Mr Blackford had previously claimed the Prime Minister had previously endorsed Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad during his tenure as Foreign Secreatry. 

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Mr Blackford said: "In 2017, as Foreign Secretary, this Prime Minister enacted a policy of accepting the Syrian dictator Assad’s rule over the country.

"Assad has delivered death and destruction on his people, a man who has gassed his own civilians.

"The humanitarian situation has reached a crisis point and there are concerns of all-out war.

"Is the message the Prime Minister wants to send out of this House today is the British Government is washing its hands of

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