Christian Aid has welcomed the UK government’s decision against military action in Syria and called for increased efforts for a political solution to the conflict.
Janet Symes, Head of Middle East at the UK-based churches' global development agency, said: "We believe Parliament’s decision not to take military action opens the door for the UK government to invest its energy in promoting peaceful alternatives for resolving the Syrian crisis."
She continued: "The UK Government can play an important role in bringing about a political settlement by bringing all parties to the table at the Geneva peace talks in order to help move towards a process of dialogue that can bring the conflict to an end.
"Indeed, the UK government has already played an important role in the humanitarian effort to assist Syrian people and this decision will enable the government to continue to do so," she added.
"We call on the government to continue to play this role, and indeed redouble their efforts to ensure a resolution to the humanitarian crisis."
Christian Aid has added that it believes that it is vital for Syrian voices to be heard as part of any international negotiations, including those of local civil society, faith leaders, and representatives of refugees and internally displaced populations.
The charity and its partners continue to provide emergency support to those affected by the conflict in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq.
* More on Syria from Ekklesia: http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/syria