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Friday, February 24, 2012

Saudi Arabia backs arming Syrian opposition

Foreign minister tells conference on Syria that supplying weapons to rebels fighting Assad regime is 'an excellent idea'

Saudi Arabia has backed the arming of Syria's opposition guerrilla army in remarks that could signal an intervention by the Sunni Muslim superpower in the Assad regime's crackdown on an anti-government uprising.

The Saudi foreign minister, Prince Saud al-Faisal, described the arming of the Free Syrian Army as an "excellent idea" at an inaugural meeting in Tunisia of an anti-Assad group the Friends of Syria, convened to find a solution to the crisis ravaging the country.

But the Saudi delegation later walked out of the summit citing "inactivity" among the member states gathered.

Qatar's foreign minister, Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani, called for the creation of an Arab force to "open humanitarian corridors to provide security to the Syrian people". Read More