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EU lifts embargo to arm Syria rebels: Hague

Published on May 28, 2013 7:19 AM
 
Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague arrives at an European Union foreign ministers meeting in Brussels on May 27, 2013. uropean Union foreign ministers on Monday agreed to lift an arms embargo in order to be able to supply weapons to Syrian rebels, British Foreign Secretary William Hague announced. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BRUSSELS (AFP) - European Union foreign ministers on Monday agreed to lift an arms embargo in order to be able to supply weapons to Syrian rebels, British Foreign Secretary William Hague announced.

Announcing the agreement after more than 12 hours of tough talks, Mr Hague said the EU would maintain the remainder of a far-reaching package of sanctions against the Assad regime that had been set to expire Friday at midnight.

He stressed that Britain had "no immediate" plans to supply weapons to rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

"The European Union has agreed to bring to an end the arms embargo on the Syrian opposition and to maintain other sanctions on Syria, all the other existing sanctions on the Syrian regime," Mr Hague said.

 
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