Britain's Hague to meet Syrian rebels Monday: ministry

19th November 2011, Comments 0 comments

British Foreign Secretary William Hague is to hold talks with Syrian rebel leaders in London on Monday, a Foreign Office spokeswoman told AFP.

The leading opposition figures would also hold talks with senior officials from Prime Minister David Cameron's Downing Street office, another government ministry source said.

"The foreign secretary is meeting with the Syrian opposition," the Foreign Office spokeswoman said.

Hague would meet representatives from the Syrian National Council and the National Co-ordination Committee for Democratic Change following months of behind-the-scenes contacts, she added.

"We have been having regular contacts with a variety of figures in the Syrian opposition for several months. We are now intensifying these."

As part of the plan to step up contact, Hague had appointed Frances Guy, a former ambassador to Beirut, to handle relations with the exiled Syrian opposition, the spokeswoman added.

© 2011 AFP

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