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UK: European nations to debate Syria arms embargo

Britain's Foreign Secretary says the U.K. government has discussed whether a European Union arms embargo on Syria could be lifted to allow nations to supply weapons to the country's opposition.

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LONDON —

Britain's Foreign Secretary says the U.K. government has discussed whether a European Union arms embargo on Syria could be lifted to allow nations to supply weapons to the country's opposition.

William Hague told BBC radio on Friday that Britain plans talks with other EU nations on the issue. It is likely to be discussed at a meeting of European foreign ministers on Monday.

"We will discuss with our European partners the future of the arms embargo. We have made no decision to change that so far," Hague said.

Hague was meeting later with Mouaz al-Khatib, head of the new Syrian National Coalition for Opposition and Revolutionary Forces and other opposition officials.

He said Britain is likely to soon offer the group formal recognition, as France has done already.

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