Britain Approves Direct Talks With Syrian Rebels
Britain is taking bolder steps in trying to stop Syria’s endless bloodshed, authorizing officials to have direct contact with the country’s rebels.
“This will help us to understand better the situation in Syria and the relationship between political and armed opposition groups so we can properly support political transition,” British Foreign Secretary William Hague said in a statement Wednesday.
Hague said that officials from his office “will make every effort” to ensure they are engaging only with legitimate members of the opposition and that any contact will take place outside Syria.
The news comes a day after British Prime Minister David Cameron broached the idea of giving Syrian President Bashar al-Assad “safe passage” if that’s what it takes to stop the bloodshed in Syria.
“Anything, anything, to get that man out of the country and to have a safe transition in Syria,” Cameron told Al-Arabiya TV…