Saturday, November 19, 2011

Hague To Meet Syrian Rebel Leaders In London - 19th Nov 2011

Foreign Secretary William Hague is expected to meet with Syrian rebel leaders as Britain continues to pressure the regime of President Bashar Assad.

Talks will take place in London on Monday with representatives of the Syrian National Council and the National Co-ordination Committee for Democratic Change after months of behind-the-scenes diplomatic contact.

Meetings will also be held in Downing Street with Prime Minister David Cameron's advisers.

The Foreign Office also announced that Frances Guy, former ambassador to Beirut, has been appointed as a full-time envoy to lead work with exiled Syrian leaders.

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

"The Foreign Secretary has appointed a senior foreign office official, Frances Guy, to lead this work and also intends to meet opposition representatives in the near future."

It comes amid heightened international pressure on Syria over the regime's brutal suppression of protests. Read More