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US open to Syrian rebel talks

President Obama has said he was "encouraged to see the Syrian opposition created an umbrella group" but has warned he was not prepared to recognise the group as a "government in exile."

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Syrian National Coalition seeks EU recognition

The leader of Syria's new opposition coalition urged European states to recognise it as the legitimate government, to enable it to buy weapons to try and overthrow President Assad.

Mouaz Alkhatib, the Damascus preacher elected on Sunday to lead the new Syrian National Coalition, asked for diplomatic backing. He told Reuters:

I request European states to grant political recognition to the coalition as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people and to give it financial support.

When we get political recognition, this will allow the coalition to act as a government and hence acquire weapons and this will solve our problems.

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