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Hague meets Syria opposition

Foreign Secretary William Hague is meeting a group of Syrian rebel leaders in London. Hague said he will discuss the possibility of providing more non-lethal assistance.

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'Non-lethal assistance' an option for Syrian rebels

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:

We have to look at all the options. We discussed this in the National Security Council yesterday. We have made no decision to change our current policy, and we have an EU arms embargo.

We are very much committed to intensifying our efforts, sending humanitarian aid. We will discuss with the opposition today giving them more non-lethal assistance - not arms, but other practical assistance we can send that helps save lives.

But of course, we will discuss with our European partners the future of the arms embargo. We have made no decision to change that so far.

– Foreign Secretary William Hague

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