LONDON (Reuters) – Britain said on Tuesday it did not have to wait until an August 1 meeting of European Union foreign ministers before taking a decision to arm Syria’s rebels, but stressed it had not yet taken any decision.
“I must correct one thing of concern. I know there has been some discussion of some sort of August deadline. That is not the case,” Foreign Secretary William Hague told BBC radio, adding that Britain was “not excluded” from arming the rebels before August, and that it would not act alone if it chose to do so.
(Reporting by Mohammed Abbas- Editing by Andrew Osborn)