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Arab League, Gulf Co-operation Council recognize Syrian opposition coalition

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On Monday the Arab League who convened at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo, Egypt formally recognized the newly created Syrian opposition organization as the legitimate head of the Syrian head. The Arab League announced their recognition just one day after Syrian opposition groups, who held talk in Doha, Qatar last week, unified together.

The unified Syrian opposition organization, which is known as the National Coalition for Opposition Forces and the Syrian Revolution are composed of differing opposition groups, all of whom want to be rid of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The National Coalition for Opposition Forces and the Syrian Revolution consists of rebel groups residing both inside and outside of Syria with the common goal of overthrowing President Bashar al-Assad and creating a transitional government.

Earlier on Monday before the Arab League’s recognition of the National Coalition for Opposition Forces and the Syrian Revolution, the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC), which consists of the following six countries: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, announced their recognition of the opposition coalition.

According to the Gulf Co-operation Council chief, Abdullatif al-Zayani, the GCC hopes the new coalition “[will] lead to ending the bloodshed, protect the territorial unity of Syria, and to hold a general national congress to pave the way to build a state ruled by law and open to all its citizens without exceptions or discrimination.”

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