There is a chance for change in the Middle East and Britain can play a vital role | Alistair Burt

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There is a chance for change in the Middle East and Britain can play a vital role | Alistair Burt

The UK should use its reach to help encourage a rare opportunity for improvement in relationsEven from the standards of the Middle East it was a week that is remarkable. You need to deal with what presents itself in the area — there is little point in rehearsing justification for any actions by reference to preceding action. Everyone has their own history.The rights and wrongs of this killing of the Iranian general Qassem Suleimani will long be debated, so they’re pointless to pursue here. It was always going to be more about what occurred next. The consequences could have been propelling the region towards outright conflict as something different. But the combination of a symbolic retaliation, followed by the shooting down of a passenger airliner that is scheduled — and now the entrance of such — provides an opportunity few could sensibly have predicted. Keep on reading…