Syria crisis: As it happened

Key points

  • British MPs rejected a government motion to support the principle of military intervention in Syria
  • In response the White House said the US 'will continue to consult' with Britain - 'one of our closest allies'
  • The five permanent UN Security Council members met briefly, but diplomats said they remain "far apart" on Syria
  • Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said his country will defend itself against Western aggression
  • All times in GMT

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Reporting:

  • Sean Clare 
  • Sitala Peek 
  • Ed Lowther 
  • Sarah Fowler 
  • Joe Boyle 
  • Nina Lamparski 
  • Jastinder Khera 

Last updated 30 August 2013

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