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Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander said that the newly formed Syrian National Coalition represents an opportunity to overcome the impasse caused by divisions among the Syrian opposition.
When asked by reporters about the likelihood of military intervention in Syria, Foreign Secretary William Hague said that the Government won't "rule out any option on Syria" but said that the country needs a diplomatic solution
William Hague and leaders of the Syrian opposition pose for pictures in Whitehall ahead of a meeting to discuss the group's plan for political transition, as it fights to oust president Bashar Assad's regime.
The Foreign Secretary met with President Sheikh Ahmed Mu'az Al-Khatb and Suheir Atass of the Syrian opposition movement at the Foreign and Commonwealth office in Whitehall, London.
Britain is expected to decide within days whether to recognise the new Syrian opposition coalition as the legitimate voice of the country's people.
Foreign Secretary William Hague spoke of an 'encouraging' meeting with Syrian opposition leaders in London today.
William Hague has reiterated that Britain will not provide arms to the Syrian opposition, ahead of his meeting today with a group of rebel leaders in London, but said they will discuss the possibility of the UK providing more non-lethal assistance.
He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme:
William Hague will today meet Syrian rebel leaders fighting to topple president Bashar Assad's brutal regime.
The Foreign Secretary will urge the group to develop a clear plan for political transition in Syria when he opens the London talks.
He will also press for the need to respect human rights and "win over the middle ground of opinion" in the nation amid the spiralling violence meted out by the regime.