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Speaking after the meeting the Foreign Office Minister said:
“I was delighted to meet the Head of the Syrian Kurdish National Council, Dr Abdul Hakeem Bashar today, as part of the UK’s intensive engagement with a wide range of Syrian oppositionists.
I reiterated the clear and growing need for the Syrian opposition to come together to help define a shared vision for a future Syria where the political system is inclusive, representative and adheres to international human rights standards. This will be a crucial part of the transition to a free and democratic Syria which must also be underpinned by securing the rights of minorities, including for the Kurds as the largest minority group.”