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Meeting of the Parliament 01 April 2014 : Tuesday, April 01, 2014 view accessible version view PDF version
Humza Yousaf Yes, I agree with the member. Language is incredibly important.

I must comment on Tavish Scott’s speech, but I honestly do not know where to begin. His complaint was that the UK’s response to the situation in Crimea was not good enough, yet his party is part of the Government at Westminst...
Meeting of the Parliament 01 April 2014 : Tuesday, April 01, 2014 view accessible version view PDF version
Humza Yousaf Could Mr Scott tell us the name of a single SNP member who attacked Mr Farage on that occasion?

Mr Scott has spent two minutes defending Nigel Farage’s rights in Scotland, which seems a bizarre tack to take.

Meeting of the Parliament 01 April 2014 : Tuesday, April 01, 2014 view accessible version view PDF version
Humza Yousaf I agree that, in the current constitutional set-up, Scotland can play a role, but as an independent country with the full international and foreign policy levers we could play a great role as a good global citizen.

We have a great history. Dr David Livingstone was described as “Africa’s ...
Meeting of the Parliament 01 April 2014 : Tuesday, April 01, 2014 view accessible version view PDF version
The Minister for External Affairs and International Development (Humza Yousaf) It is a great pleasure to lead this debate. I welcome the opportunity to highlight the work of the Scottish Government—and Scots more widely—in areas of global concern, and to consider areas of that agenda that Scotland and Scots might contribute towards in the future.

Yesterday, I had t...
Meeting of the Parliament 01 April 2014 : Tuesday, April 01, 2014 view accessible version view PDF version
Humza Yousaf Is the member suggesting that aid money should be spent on military intervention, as it has been, for the securing of aid?

Meeting of the Parliament 01 April 2014 : Tuesday, April 01, 2014 view accessible version view PDF version
Humza Yousaf I have not had an invitation to meet the Dalai Lama, but of course if such an invitation comes it will be considered. The Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs has raised the issue of human rights with the Chinese, and I also raised it when I went to China. Wherever we go, we look to do...
Meeting of the Parliament 01 April 2014 : Tuesday, April 01, 2014 view accessible version view PDF version
Humza Yousaf I welcome all the speeches that have been made. We might disagree on some issues, but the debate has by and large been excellent. Some fantastic points have been made, which I will try to reflect on and respond to.

I pay special tribute to the organisations across Scotland that do a fanta...
Meeting of the Parliament 19 March 2014 : Wednesday, March 19, 2014 view accessible version view PDF version
Humza Yousaf It is important to emphasise that the UK Government has played a leading role in supplying overseas aid during the Syrian crisis by providing more than £650 million. We should also welcome the fact that the UK Government has agreed, as Jim Eadie said, to take a number of Syrian refugees. We hope tha...
Meeting of the Parliament 19 March 2014 : Wednesday, March 19, 2014 view accessible version view PDF version
The Minister for External Affairs and International Development (Humza Yousaf) The Scottish Government’s international framework sets out our strong and enduring commitment to securing democracy, the rule of law and fundamental human rights across the world.

In keeping with that commitment, the First Minister wrote to the Foreign Secretary last September and the Pri...
Meeting of the Parliament 19 March 2014 : Wednesday, March 19, 2014 view accessible version view PDF version
Humza Yousaf Twinning arrangements such as the long-standing links between Dunbar and Martinez enrich communities across Scotland by fostering friendship and understanding between cultures and celebrating important ancestral connections such as the global legacy of John Muir.

The Scottish Government i...
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