Humza Yousaf MSP

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  • Member for: Glasgow
  • Party: Scottish National Party

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Meeting of the Parliament 01 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 01, 2014
The Minister for External Affairs and International Development (Humza Yousaf)

The Scottish Government does not currently have any plans to provide financial support to the Kurdistan region of Iraq through our international development fund. However, we are closely monitoring the situation and remain very concerned about the plight of people who have been affected by the recent violence, which of course we condemn in the strongest possible terms.



Meeting of the Parliament 01 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 01, 2014
Humza Yousaf

I recognise the work that Hanzala Malik has done in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. I am more than happy to meet him at any time to discuss ways that we could support Kurdistan, and to meet the new organisation—KISS, I think he called it. I am meeting representatives of the Kurdistan Regional Government next week, at an event that Hanzala Malik will probably also attend. I am happy to discuss further ways that we can support Kurdistan.

At the crux of Hanzala Malik’s question is the fundamental point that there must be a long-term strategic vision that protects the rights and freedoms of the people of the Kurdistan region of Iraq, and I am happy to give support in that way.



Meeting of the Parliament 01 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 01, 2014
Humza Yousaf

I note Bob Doris’s work in Kurdistan, in Iraq and in Syria. The issues of NHS support and medicine support from Scotland’s pharmaceutical industry were raised in a meeting with Bob Doris last week. I am more than happy to explore those issues, and I think that Bob Doris is going to write some correspondence to that effect, following our meeting, to engage with the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing.

Members will not find this Government coming short with any assistance that we are able to provide.



Meeting of the Parliament 01 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 01, 2014
The Minister for External Affairs and International Development (Humza Yousaf)

The Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs last met the Minister of State for Europe, the Rt Hon David Lidington MP, at a meeting of the joint ministerial committee on Europe on 16 June 2014. The readout of that meeting was provided to the convener of the European and External Relations Committee on 30 June 2014.

We often correspond with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on other matters. This week I have been in touch with the FCO about the case of Muhammad Asghar, the Scot who is currently on death row in Pakistan.



Meeting of the Parliament 01 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 01, 2014
Humza Yousaf

Yes. We are extremely concerned about the plight of Muhammad Asghar and have been for many months. The First Minister has intervened in the case and has spoken directly with Mohammad Sarwar, the Governor of the Punjab, where Muhammad Asghar is being held. I spoke to the FCO this week as well as speaking to Governor Sarwar, other Pakistani authorities, the family lawyer and the family themselves.

There are two immediate priorities. First, we have to ensure that Muhammad Asghar is kept safe and secure, which means his not being returned to Adiala prison, where he was shot. Secondly, we want to ensure that Muhammad Asghar gets the appropriate medical attention. He is severely mentally unwell and he needs a psychiatric assessment and medication to improve his health. Those are the immediate priorities, as well as working with the family, the legal team and the Pakistani authorities to secure Mr Asghar’s return. I assure Graeme Dey that we are extremely concerned and that the Scottish Government is doing everything within its power to ensure Mr Asghar’s health, safety and security.



Meeting of the Parliament 01 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 01, 2014
Humza Yousaf

Yes, I agree with those points. I saw the statement that the FCO made on 29 September, in which it reiterated those points. We agree that those freedoms can best be guaranteed through the transition to universal suffrage. We hope that the upcoming consultation period will produce arrangements that will allow a meaningful advance for democracy in Hong Kong. We encourage all parties to engage constructively in discussions to that end. I agree entirely with the two points that Jamie McGrigor raised.



Meeting of the Parliament 30 September 2014 : Tuesday, September 30, 2014
The Minister for External Affairs and International Development (Humza Yousaf)

The brutality of the so-called Islamic State, or Isil, is beyond question. The Scottish Government supports international efforts to support the people of Iraq, Syria and the wider middle east, which is possible only through a long-term strategic approach that is led by regional partners and which includes tackling radicalisation at home and abroad and making efforts to cut off Isil’s sources of finance and weaponry.

The international humanitarian crisis continues, and we define our response to such situations case by case, usually related to the launch of a Disasters Emergency Committee appeal—for example, the Government gave £200,000 to the DEC’s Syria appeal.

We will continue to monitor the situation carefully and, when appropriate, we will offer support. We have written to the UK Government to that effect.



Meeting of the Parliament 30 September 2014 : Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Humza Yousaf

During Friday’s debate in the House of Commons, my colleague Angus Robertson said that the UK must not equivocate in its support for the Kurdish regional government, which must be supported. The Scottish Government supports that view. However, military action against Isil must be carried out within a long-term strategic plan that includes a plan for peace. What we were presented with by the UK Government was lacking in those elements. An open-ended bombing campaign alone will be counterproductive.

On the Kurds in Syria, the global community must redouble its efforts to find a long-term solution to the civil war in that country. A political solution must be found alongside any military solution, and it must be based on a human rights approach that protects the rights of all communities, including Kurds, in Syria. As a Government, we will support action within a long-term, strategic plan—a plan for peace is legal within the international framework—and our strong preference is that such action be led by regional partners. The First Minister will write to the Prime Minister this week to highlight the Scottish Government’s concern about the UK Government’s vote for military action against Isil without a specific timescale, without a plan for securing peace and without a long-term, strategic vision.



Meeting of the Parliament 30 September 2014 : Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Humza Yousaf

We support the provision of support and training to the Kurdish regional government. We understand its needs. However, any military action must not only have a legal basis—we know that it does—but be part of a long-term, strategic plan that includes a plan for peace and an exit strategy. That was missing from what was voted on on Friday. The vote on Friday did not separate actions to support the Kurdish away from the general situation in Iraq; we had to look at the action as a whole, and we could not support that action because we think that it would be counterproductive as opposed to helpful to the people on the ground, be they Kurds in Kurdistan or the wider Iraqi population.



Meeting of the Parliament 30 September 2014 : Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Humza Yousaf

I wrote to Hugo Swire, the Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, on that very point. The Scottish Government is willing to provide any assistance that it can. Currently, Iraq does not come within the terms of our international development budget, but I am more than happy to discuss with members how we might offer such support. That offer was made to the UK Government back in August and continues to be the case. I am sure that, when the First Minister writes to the Prime Minister, he will reiterate the Scottish Government’s willingness to help with the humanitarian effort wherever we can.

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S4M-11123 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament
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S4M-11114.2 Kenny MacAskill: Policing—As an amendment to motion S4M-11114 in the name of Graeme Pear
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S4M-11114 Graeme Pearson: Policing—That the Parliament acknowledges that policing in Scotland contin
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S4M-11116.1.1 Patrick Harvie: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to amendment S4M-11116.1 in the name
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S4M-11116.1 Nicola Sturgeon: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to motion S4M-11116 in the name of Jo
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S4M-11116 Johann Lamont: Scotland’s Future—That the Parliament recognises the result of the independ
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Amendment 61 moved by Elaine Murray on motion S4M-11101 Kenny MacAskill: Courts Reform (Scotland) Bi
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Amendment 62 moved by Margaret Mitchell on motion S4M-11101 Kenny MacAskill: Courts Reform (Scotland
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Amendment 63 moved by Margaret Mitchell on motion S4M-11101 Kenny MacAskill: Courts Reform (Scotland
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Amendment 64 moved by Margaret Mitchell on motion S4M-11101 Kenny MacAskill: Courts Reform (Scotland
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