Britain to send £ 5 million to Syria rebels

UK Foreign Secretary William Hague has announced that Great Britain will send an extra 5 million pounds in aid to the Syrian rebels in an effort to bolster ties to the country’s opposition.

William Hague insisted that “the U.K. would not supply any weapons, but confirmed the funds would pay for items including satellite phones, power generators and medical kits, CNN reported.

In an op-ed article for the Times of London published on Friday, Foreign Secretary William Hague said the UK would intensify contacts with the political wing of the Free Syrian Army, to “prepare for the inevitable day of (President Bashar) Assad’s fall”.

Having a totally different position to the Syria crisis, Iran, as a main ally of Syria, hosted a consultative meeting on Syria crisis on Thursday in Tehran.

The meeting aimed at denouncing violence and holding national dialogue to resolve disputes in Syria, said Iran’s foreign minister Ali Akbar Salehi.

In a televised news conference after the meeting, Salehi said that the opposition needs to sit down and cooperate with the Syrian government to speed up the reform.”

Without naming Western and regional powers which have backed the rebels against Iran’s ally Assad, he said: “It will be a mistake to think that with the continuation of pressure and unwise moves, the Syrian leadership would finally collapse.

Britain had previously offered 1.4 million pounds (US$2.2 million) in non-lethal support to Syria’s opposition, and about 27.5 million pounds (US$43 million) in humanitarian aid.