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BY JOHN O’CONNOR
ANCHOR CANDICE AVILES


Syria’s newly formed national opposition coalition has appointed its first ever ambassador to France. The BBC has more.

“The news came after the French President Francois Hollande met the new Syrian opposition leader Mouaz Alkhatib in Paris. France was the first western power to recognize the opposition’s newly formed coalition.” 

According to the Huffington Post, France officially recognized the National Coalition of Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces on Tuesday, two days after its official inauguration. 

An analyst for Al Jazeera explains the development is good news for the group, but that other western countries might be far more reticent as to whether they will acknowledge the new body as the sole representative of Syrian people. 

“Germany for example has set out three main conditions that it would like to see.” (flash) “In the absence of those guarantees then Germany at the moment is not ready to formally recognize the coalition … ” 

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius says his country will work with the new coalition to bring in other European nations to help the Syrians cause.

“For the moment, there is an embargo, so there are no arms being from the European side. The issue can be raised, it will no doubt be raised for defensive arms. And this is something that we can only do in coordination with the Europeans.'' 

According to the New York Times, the opposition bloc will appeal for more European support at an EU foreign ministers meeting on Monday. 

Newly Formed Syrian Coalition Names Envoy to France

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Nov 17, 2012

Newly Formed Syrian Coalition Names Envoy to France

 

(Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)

BY JOHN O’CONNOR
ANCHOR CANDICE AVILES


Syria’s newly formed national opposition coalition has appointed its first ever ambassador to France. The BBC has more.

“The news came after the French President Francois Hollande met the new Syrian opposition leader Mouaz Alkhatib in Paris. France was the first western power to recognize the opposition’s newly formed coalition.” 

According to the Huffington Post, France officially recognized the National Coalition of Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces on Tuesday, two days after its official inauguration. 

An analyst for Al Jazeera explains the development is good news for the group, but that other western countries might be far more reticent as to whether they will acknowledge the new body as the sole representative of Syrian people. 

“Germany for example has set out three main conditions that it would like to see.” (flash) “In the absence of those guarantees then Germany at the moment is not ready to formally recognize the coalition … ” 

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius says his country will work with the new coalition to bring in other European nations to help the Syrians cause.

“For the moment, there is an embargo, so there are no arms being from the European side. The issue can be raised, it will no doubt be raised for defensive arms. And this is something that we can only do in coordination with the Europeans.'' 

According to the New York Times, the opposition bloc will appeal for more European support at an EU foreign ministers meeting on Monday. 

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