US: Easing EU arms ban will send message to Syria's Assad

By REUTERS
May 28, 2013 22:32

WASHINGTON - The scrapping of an EU ban on arming Syrian rebels is helpful because it sends a message to Syria's President Bashar Assad that Western support for the opposition is increasing, a senior US State Department official said on Tuesday.

Governments in the EU allowed the weapons ban to expire on Monday after they failed to bridge their differences on the issue during negotiations in Brussels. France and Britain, the biggest supporters of scrapping the embargo, said they had not yet decided to arm rebel forces in Syria.

State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell said the United States supported the move.


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