Britain, Qatar to press Syrian rebel links

26th November 2011, Comments 0 comments

The prime ministers of Britain and Qatar pledged at a meeting Friday to keep up talks with Syrian opposition groups in a bid to support a transition to a stable democracy, Downing Street said.

Britain's David Cameron met Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem al-Thani for lunch in his Witney constituency in Oxfordshire, southern England, a spokeswoman said.

"Discussion covered current international issues, in particular the situation in Syria," she said.

"The leaders agreed that the brutal repression of the Assad regime was a dangerous and increasingly grave concern.

"They were clear on the importance of the Syrian regime accepting the Arab League's initiative to end the violence and they agreed on the need to continue talking to the Syrian opposition movements to support the transition to an inclusive and stable democracy."

Britain has called for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to stand down after a crackdown on opposition protesters that has cost at least 3,500 lives, according to the United Nations.

© 2011 AFP

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