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UK Foreign Secretary Meets With Leader of White Helmets Group

© AFP 2023 / JUSTIN TALLISBritish Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt
British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt - Sputnik International
LONDON (Sputnik) - UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt on Thursday held a meeting with Raed Saleh, the leader of the White Helmets, to discuss the group's activities in Syria, the Foreign Office said in a statement.

"Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has welcomed Raed al-Saleh, the leader of the Syrian Civil Defence (White Helmets), to the Foreign Office today to discuss the vital work the group has done in Syria," the statement read.

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Hunt lauded White Helmets efforts during the hostilities in Syria, which "saved over 115,000 lives," according to the statement.

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Both Damascus and Moscow accused militants and the White Helmets non-governmental organization of staging several provocations involving chemical weapons to influence public opinion and justify foreign intervention in Syria. In April, a staged chemical attack prompted the United States, the United Kingdom and France to strike Syria with over 100 missiles.

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