Syria: Germany will not arm rebels, Merkel tells Qatar

Willing to give logistical support within EU framework

16 April, 17:19

    (ANSAmed) - BERLIN, APRIL 16 - Germany will not arm the Syrian rebels, German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters following her meeting with Qatari Premier Hamad Bin Jassim Al Thani on Tuesday.

    ''We want a political solution. We, the German Federal Republic, will not deliver arms to the rebels. Also, we are not legally allowed to send arms into areas of conflict'', Merkel explained. Germany is willing to discuss possible logistical support for the Syrian opposition as part of the EU, ''within the limits of our position, which means we do not send arms'', the chancellor reiterated.

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad ''has lost his legitimacy and it is now time to support the wishes of the Syrian people and the peaceful opposition in order to reach a political solution'', Merkel said (ANSAmed).

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