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At a summit in Brussels, the political leaders will express concerns that they are both anxious to be freed up to despatch lethal weaponry if necessary to rebalance the odds in the continuing war.
It is two years today since the start of the Syria conflict, where more than one million refugees have fled, with more than two million children in immediate need of humanitarian assistance, Unicef said.
The European Union's arms embargo is "backfiring", a Downing Street official said today, after French President Francois Hollande and David Cameron held one-to-one talks on arming Syrian rebels. The official said:
France will raise the issue of lifting a European Union embargo on supplying weapons to Syrian rebels at the EU summit, President Francois Hollande has confirmed.
Arriving for the summit in Brussels, he told reporters:
Hollande said France did not want Syria to go towards "total war" and believed a political transition must be the solution for Syria, but he said: "We must accept our responsibilities."
David Cameron's spokeswoman has confirmed the Prime Minister met Mr Hollande in private at the start of the summit to discuss Syria.
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