Jeremy Hunt won't hold inquiry into UK not intervening in Syrian civil war

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Foreign secretary says he regrets MPs’ decision to reject intervention as it may have ‘emboldened the regime’

Jeremy Hunt has rejected a call from the foreign affairs select committee to set up an independent inquiry into the consequences and reasons for the British government’s refusal to intervene in the Syrian war.

In a letter to the committee, Hunt – who voted for UK military intervention in 2013 – said no purpose could be served by holding an inquiry, adding that the circumstances that led MPs to vote to reject military action were well understood.

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