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March 3, 2013

UK Foreign Secretary does not rule out arming Syrian opposition

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William Hague, the Foreign Secretary for the United Kingdom, has said the country’s government cannot reject the idea of providing arms to opposition forces in Syria. The Foreign Secretary has also criticised comments made by Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad in a recent interview as “delusional”.

In a BBC interview, Hague said: “We will not be announcing this week arms to the Syrian opposition and we’ve agreed in the European Union last week amendments to the arms embargo to allow us to send a wider range of non-lethal equipment that will do more to save lives”.

During an interview with UK newspaper The Sunday Times, the Syrian President said “Britain has played a famously unconstructive role in our region on different issues for decades, some say for centuries … The problem with this government is that their shallow and immature rhetoric only highlights this tradition of bullying and hegemony”. He asked: “How can we expect them to make the violence less while they want to send military supplies to the terrorists?”



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