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Christian charity criticises end to EU arms embargo on Syria

A Christian charity's slamming the EU after it lifted its ban on the supply of weapons to rebels in Syria.

Embrace the Middle East says its been left 'shocked' by the position Britain and France have taken on the issue.

On Sunday the EU voted to allow member states to pursue their own policies on arming rebel forces in Syria.

Britain and France had pushed for the new sanctions regime to relax the arms embargo in favour of rebel groups.

The charity's CEO Jeremy Moodey has spoken to Premier's Marcus Jones on the News Hour on why he thinks the UK government has got it wrong:

Meanwhile, Britain's only Syrian Anglican priest has accused the Christian leaders of rebel groups in the war torn country of not doing enough to secure the release of two of the country's bishops.

The whereabouts of Bishop Yohanna Ibrahim and Bishop Paul Yazigi remain unknown despite international efforts to free them.

The clerics, the most senior church officials to be targeted since civil war engulfed the country, have not been heard of since their abduction at gunpoint in the northern city of Aleppo on April, 22nd 2013

Speaking to Premier's Victoria Laurence on the News Hour, Revd Nadim Nazzar says why he wants to see more action from all sides on the issue:

Although there have been an array of rumoured sightings since, authorities admit they have made little progress locating the bishops or establishing which group is holding them.

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