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The "Friends of Syria" group of 11 foreign ministers from Western and Arab countries who oppose the regime of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, has agreed to "ramp up" support for moderate opposition groups in the country, British Foreign Minister William Hague has said.
"We've also agreed unanimously to take further steps together through a coordinated strategy to increase our support for the moderate opposition, the national coalition and for its supreme military council and associated moderate armed groups," Mr Hague said.
The US Secretary of State has claimed to have seen "raw data" suggesting that Assad's regime has used chlorine gas in attacks in rebel-held regions of Syria, according to Reuters. Although he also said that the data hadn't yet been fully verified.
Kerry, speaking in London, said the United States had agreed with its allies to ramp up support for the Syrian opposition but declined to say whether that would include arming them.
US Secretary of State John Kerry has agreed with European and Gulf allied foreign ministers to ramp up support to the moderate Syrian opposition, Reuters has reported.
Foreign leaders will discuss the Syrian conflict in London today. The Foreign Office says "now is the right time" for those who support a democratic future for Syria to come together.
The so-called "London 11" is made up of Egypt, France, Germany, Italy, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
John Kerry and William Hague will be among 11 Western and Arab powers meeting in London today to discuss ways to "significantly step up" support for the Syrian opposition.
The lack of progress in ending the brutal three-year conflict that has killed at least 150,000 was underlined this week by the announcement of the resignation of the United Nations/Arab League special envoy Lakhdar Brahimi.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said the "hopelessly divided" international community was in part to blame for leaving Mr Brahimi battling "almost impossible odds" in brokering a deal between the regime of Bashar Assad and increasingly fractured rebel elements.
Efforts to reconvene peace talks were dealt a massive blow when Assad announced elections for June 3.