"Somebody goes into another country, starts bombing civilian populations, destroying hospitals and schools," Hammond told the House of Commons in London on Tuesday. "If, and it's still a big if, they do decide five months later that they've done enough, let's not give them too much praise. It's a bit like: 'did he stop beating his wife?'" as reported by Bloomberg.

"The fact that they're there in the first place is something that we have to continually protest about," Hammond said. "We certainly should not give them any credit for simply withdrawing from these illegal activities."

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