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France Calls to Lift Arms Embargo on Syria

French President Francois Hollande urged Europe's leaders on Thursday to lift an arms embargo on Syria to help rebels battling for nearly two years to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad's regime, according to an AFP report.

Arriving in Brussels for a two-day summit with EU leaders, Hollande told journalists, "We want Europeans to lift the arms embargo. We are ready to support the rebellion, so we are ready to go this far. We must take our responsibilities."

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Paris and London would press for quick new EU talks on the arms embargo, adding the two governments were ready to go ahead with arms deliveries even without the support of their partners.

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