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Gulf states recognize Syria opposition

  • Six Gulf states have recognized a new Syrian opposition coalition as the country's "legitimate representative".

    The National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces was formally unveiled in Doha on Sunday. Its aim is to unite the various factions seeking to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad.

    The coalition’s president will be Moaz al-Khatib, a former imam of the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus, who fled Syria earlier this year.

    "The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) declares its recognition of the Syrian national coalition... as the legitimate representative of the brotherly Syrian people," Abdulatif al-Zayani, the GCC's secretary general, said in a statement on Monday.

    The GCC is made up of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar and Kuwait.

    Western nations and Turkey have also welcomed the creation of the coalition.