US Secretary of State John Kerry has blamed Bashar al-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:
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.
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.
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.
Foreign Secretary William Hague has tweeted:
Strong common ground in Doha on aid and a political solution, cannot be achieved if Assad thinks he can destroy the democratic opposition
Foreign Secretary William Hague has arrived in Doha for talks on the Syrian crisis.
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".