U.S. backs new anti-Assad group
Washington, DC, United States (4E) – The U.S. threw its support to the newly-formed Syrian opposition group that will seek to end the government of President Bashar al-Assad.
State Department deputy spokesman Mark Toner said in a statement Sunday that Washington looks forward to supporting the National Coalition of Forces of the Syrian Revolution and Opposition formed in Doha, Qatar. The group includes the former main opposition group Syria National Council.
The National Coalition, which is composed of different opposition and rebel groups in Syria, and its president Sheikh Ahmad Moaz al-Khatib, was also recognized by six Gulf countries namely Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar and Kuwait.
The group will initially form a provisional government-in-exile and then a transitional government after the fall of Assad. It will have a military council and a judicial commission.
Khatib is an Assad critic and former imam at the ancient Umayyad Mosque in Damascus. His vice presidents in the National Council are prominent dissident Riad Seif and the leading female secular activist, Suhair al-Atassi.