UK reiterates support for moderate Syrian rebels

Published November 11th, 2014 - 08:20 GMT

British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond reiterated UK's support for the syrian moderate opposition as they fight the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levent's (ISIL) extremism and Syrian president Bashar Al-Assadآ’s regime.

This came in a press statement for Hammond after meeting late last night with Syrian opposition leader Hadi Al-Bahra in London.

"He is leading a Syrian opposition fighting Bashar Al-Assadآ’s regime, ISIL and Islamic extremism, while protecting and serving ordinary Syrians in very challenging conditions", he said.

Hammond added that his country is helping the opposition establish security and governance and to dliver essential services including life-saving search and rescu training and "helping syrians whose homes have been reduced to rubble by the regimeآ’s bombs."

"This complements wider international efforts to strengthen the moderate armed opposition. We are providing non-lethal equipment and the UK expects to make a significant contribution to the US led-Train and Equip programme," he noted.

He asserted to Al-Bahra that Assad can play no future role in Syria. "The regime is unwilling and unable to take effective action against ISIL and other extremists".


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