Friends of Syria to aid rebels

The "Friends of Syria" group have agreed "to provide urgently all the necessary material and equipment to the opposition on the ground". The group, meeting in Doha, said they would channel the aid through a Western-backed rebel military command.

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Kerry calls for 'urgent political resolution' to Syria crisis

US Secretary of State John Kerry has called for an urgent political resolution to Syrian crisis, saying that unless the bloodshed stops, the region could descend into a chaotic sectarian conflict.

Kerry met with ten of his counterparts from Arab and European nations in the Qatari capital Doha to coordinate aid to the rebels trying to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assa.

US Secretary of State John Kerry. Credit: Maurizio Gambarini/DPA/Press Association Images

All the nations in attendance agreed to step up aid to the rebels, Kerry said.

While he offered no specifics, Kerry said the assistance would help change the balance on the battlefield, where regime forces have scored recent victories.

Kerry blamed Assad for the deteriorating situation in Syria, saying that while the international community was attempting to hold a conference to set up a transitional government, Assad invited Iranian and Hezbollah fighters to bolster his troops.

Friends of Syria agree to provide urgent aid to rebels

US Secretary of State John Kerry and German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle arrive for the Friends of Syria meeting in Doha, Qatar. Credit: Maurizio Gambarini/DPA/Press Association Images

Ministers from the 11 main countries that form the "Friends of Syria" group have agreed "to provide urgently all the necessary material and equipment to the opposition on the ground".

The group, which was meeting in Doha, Qatar, said they would channel the aid through a Western-backed rebel military command.

They also condemned "the intervention of Hezbollah militias and fighters from Iran and Iraq" and demanded that they withdraw immediately.

William Hague arrives in Doha for Syria meeting

Foreign Secretary William Hague has arrived in Doha for talks on the Syrian crisis.

Foreign Secretary William Hague delivering a speech on June 20. Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire

He will be joined by US Secretary of State John Kerry and foreign ministers from Saudi Arabia, Jordan, France, Qatar and Germany at the "Friends of Syria" meeting.

Speaking as he arrived in Doha, Mr Hague said they were holding the meeting in a bid "to help the Syrian people".

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