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:
We want the Europeans to lift the embargo on the weapons ... Since we have to put pressure on and show we are ready to support the opposition, we have to go that far. That is what I will tell my European colleagues ... Britain and France agree on this option.
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.
David Cameron and Francois Hollande have failed to convince other EU leaders to overturn Europe’s ban on arming Syrian rebels.
The UK and France have forced an EU discussion on Syria to try and change the arms embargo.