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Saudi Arabia says Syrian rebels `must be armed`

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 13:02

London: Saudi Arabia has insisted that rebels fighting against Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad, must be armed.

The comments from Syrian Foreign Minister came after warning that the involvement of Iran and Hezbollah in Syrian conflict is dangerous.

Saud al-Faisal made the comments after talks in Jeddah with US Secretary of State John Kerry, who is seeking to organise support for the anti-Assad forces amid fears in the West that extremist opposition groups are becoming too powerful, the Guardian reports.

Kerry also met Saudi intelligence chief, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, who co-ordinates the kingdom`s overall effort to topple Assad.

Saudi Arabia is already sending arms to rebel groups, and recently sent anti-aircraft and anti-tank weapons.

The new emir, Sheikh Tamim, who took over from his father in a rare peaceful transition on Tuesday, is not expected to change policy on Syria, according to sources in Qatar.

According to the report, Prince Saud said Saudi Arabia `cannot be silent` at the intervention of Iran and Hezbollah, both close allies of Assad.


First Published: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 13:02
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