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UK’s Syria stance ‘wrong every step of the way’, ex-ambassador to Damascus says

December 24, 2016

britainThe former UK ambassador to Syria says British policy has worsened the situation in the war-torn country.

Britain’s policy on Syria has been “wrong every step of the way” and has led to hundreds of thousands of civilian casualties, which could have been foreseen, said Peter Ford, who was the ambassador in Damascus from 2003 to 2006.

According to reports on Friday, Ford said the UK had made matters worse by not putting troops on the ground and instead encouraging terrorists to launch a doomed campaign.

Ford criticized the UK Foreign Office for lying that President Bashar al-Assad’s demise was imminent at the beginning of the conflict and for predicting he would lose power quickly.

“Now they are telling us another big lie, that Assad can’t control the rest of the country,” he said. “Well, I’ve got news for them; he is well on the way to doing so.”

The former British diplomat said the Foreign Office also claimed the militant groups were dominated by “these so-called moderates, that proved not to be the case.”

On Thursday, Syrian government forces regained full control of Aleppo, a key battleground in the conflict between the Syrian army and terrorist groups.

Ford said President Assad should be given “a little credit” for a “relatively peaceful” end to the siege in Aleppo.

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