World Bulletin / News Desk
A leading member in Syria's opposition umbrella group said that Sunday's meeting of Arab members of the Friends of Syria group has "blocked attempts to reproduce the Assad regime."
"Arab officials asserted in the meeting that they refuse to accept Bashar al-Assad as a partner in the war on terrorism so the regime will not use it as a pretext to revive itself," Hisham Marwah, who lives in Jeddah, told Anadolu Agency by phone.
Syrian opposition groups had a change of position among their Arab allies after British daily Independent reported that the U.S. – a key western ally to the Syrian opposition – cooperated with the Assad regime in striking sites belonging to the self-styled Islamic State militant group which has seized control of parts of Iraq and Syria.
"The Assad regime sponsored terrorism to garner support out of fear but what has been communicated to us by the Arab members of Friends of Syria and reflected in today's meeting is that there will be no cooperation with Bashar al-Assad," Marwah asserted.
He went on to say that Arab foreign ministers who convened in Jeddah earlier on Sunday agreed to help the Syrian opposition in their legal case against Assad before the International Criminal Court over last year's chemical attack which killed nearly 1,500 civilians in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta.
Led by Saudi Foreign Minister Saud Al Faisal, Sunday's meeting included the foreign ministers of Egypt, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan, the official Saudi news agency reported.
Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said Saturday evening that Jeddah's meeting will discuss U.S. threats to launch military strikes in parts of Iraq and Syria now controlled by the self-styled Islamic State militant group.
Nasr al-Hariri, head of Syria's opposition coalition, told Anadolu Agency earlier that the bloc was not invited to attend the meeting.
The pro-opposition Friend of Syria group first convened in February 2012 in attendance of representatives from 113 countries including the U.S., U.K., Germany, France, Italy and Turkey.
The Syrian conflict has left more than 191,369 people dead since it began three years ago, according to a UN report released on Friday.Last Mod: 25 Ağustos 2014, 09:37