‘Britain lied over Syria & made situation worse,’ UK's ex-ambassador says

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The UK government has lied about Syria’s civil war and its policies have “made the situation worse,” according to a former British ambassador to the country.

Peter Ford said the Whitehall department led by Boris Johnson and his predecessor Philip Hammond had “gotten Syria wrong every step of the way.” Ford, who was Britain’s ambassador to Syria from 1999 to 2003, said Britain had misread the situation in the country since the start of the conflict.

He claimed the UK’s tough talk followed by little action to back the rebels in Syria had preceded a rebellion that had “only led to hundreds of thousands of civilians being maimed and killed.”

“We have made the situation worse,” he added. “It was eminently foreseeable to anyone who was not intoxicated with wishful thinking.”’

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