Britain recognizes Syrian opposition, joining France, European Union

Foreign secretary William Hague announced Tuesday Britain officially endorses the Syrian opposition, as has France and the EU.

LONDON (AP) — Britain has formally recognized the newly formed Syrian opposition as the sole legitimate representative of the Syrian people.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague made the announcement Tuesday.

Last week, France became the first Western nation to officially recognize the Syrian National Coalition, which formed earlier this month in Qatar in opposition to President Bashar Assad. Monday, the European Union gave its endorsement.

The US has recognized the leadership body as a legitimate representative, but stopped short of describing it as a sole representative, saying the group must first demonstrate its ability to represent Syrians inside the country.