PM wants to see extremists 'driven out' of Syria

Prime Minister David Cameron said he wants to see al Qaeda-linked extremists "driven out" of Syria.

Mr Cameron acknowledged there are "deeply unsavoury" elements of the Syrian opposition that he wants "nothing to do with", but said the British Government would continue to offer non-lethal support to the "genuine" political opposition.

David Cameron said he wants to see al Qaeda-linked extremists 'driven out' of Syria.
David Cameron said he wants to see al Qaeda-linked extremists 'driven out' of Syria. Credit: Will Oliver/PA Wire

Speaking to Sky News' Murnaghan programme, the Prime Minister said: "There are elements of the Syrian opposition who want to see a free democratic, pluralistic Syria that respects the rights of minorities including Christians and we should be working with them - we are working with them.

"If we don't work with those elements of the Syrian opposition, then we can't be surprised if the only elements of the Syrian opposition that are getting, that are actually making any progress in Syria, are the ones that we don't approve of".

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