Syrian opposition chiefs seek unity in Qatar talks

Last Updated: Thursday, July 26, 2012 - 18:15

Doha: Syrian opposition factions are gathering in Qatar to seek agreement on leadership for a transitional administration that could step in as a stopgap government if rebel forces topple Bashar Assad`s regime.

Today`s planned meeting in Doha marks the most comprehensive bid to bring together various Syrian opposition groups and show world leaders a credible alternative to Assad.

The Syrian National Council has acted as the international face of the revolution, but it`s been unable to unite all dozens of disparate rebel factions under one banner.

Among the potential guiding forces for a transitional team is Brigadier General Manaf Tlass, one of the most senior figures to defect from Assad`s regime. He is urging all opposition forces to unite.

Qatar is a leading backer of the Syrian rebels.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, July 26, 2012 - 18:15

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