Report: Syrian rebel leader to visit UK, plea for Western military action against Assad

August 25, 2013 07:53

Free Syria Army General Salim Idris has planned to visit London in a bid for support from UK Foreign Secretary William Hague for Western military action against the regime of President Bashar Assad, The Daily Mail reported early Sunday.

The Syrian rebel leader was due to appeal to Hague for British and American action following remarks he made on Friday asserting that Britain believed Assad forces were responsible for a chemical attack said to have killed hundreds near Damascus earlier in the week. The reported attack was "not something that a humane and civilized world" could ignore, he added.

According to the Mail, Idris was likely to call on the British foreign secretary to back his words with deeds.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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