London: Britain and France are `directly or indirectly` supporting al Qaeda in an escalating war against Syria, a senior minister in Damascus has said.
Faisal al-Miqdad, Syria`s vice-foreign minister, also warned neighbouring Jordan was playing `a dangerous game` by allowing arms supplies to go to rebel groups from its territory.
Al-Miqdad used a rare interview to attack the UK and France as `new colonialists` for providing political and military support to opposition fighters seeking to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad.
According to the Guardian, Damascus insists these fighters are terrorists with a jihadi agenda.
Al-Miqdad also lashed out at Turkey and `stupid Arabs`, singling out Saudi Arabia and Qatar, for acting `in western interests` and accused Israel of meddling in the conflict.
He claimed `Mossad agents` had been killed in Deraa near the Jordanian border, where the rebels have made advances in recent weeks.
According to the report, the UK and France are now considering a US call to ban Jabhat al-Nusra as a terrorist group - reflecting growing concerns about the prominence of extremists in the anti-Assad camp.
Britain and France have also said they are trying to alter the terms of the EU arms embargo on Syria to help the rebels, the report added.