Navy ship set to escort chemical weapons out of Syria

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British warship HMS Montrose will escort Syrian chemical stocks that are set to be destroyed, William Hague said.

The Foreign Secretary said the Royal Navy ship, which is based in Devonport, is about to join Danish and Norwegian vessels which are transporting the material as part of international efforts to rid President Bashar Assad’s regime of the lethal weapons.

Mr Hague also told MPs further British aid will be pledged to the Syrian humanitarian effort and welcomed the country’s moderate opposition’s willingness to fight against al Qaida-linked extremists.