France, UK ‘may bust Syria arms ban’

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France and the UK would consider arming the Syrian opposition even if it meant breaking an EU ban, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has said. Speaking on France Info radio, he said the two countries shared “identical views” over lifting the arms embargo. He said they would press for EU talks on the embargo to be brought forward due to the situation’s urgency. The UK has downplayed the…

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