President Obama said he was "encouraged to see the Syrian opposition created an umbrella group" but warned he was not prepared to recognise the group as a "government in exile."
I am encouraged to see that the Syrian opposition created a umbrella group that may have more cohesion, than they have had in the past.
We are going to be talking to them....We consider them a legitimate representative of the aspirations of the Syrian people, we are not yet prepared to recognise them as some sort of government in exile, but we do think it is broad based representative group
Thousands more refugees pour across the border to escape the war in Syria, whilst Turkey says the conflict is threatening their security.
A suggestion that David Cameron has gone "out on a limb" over Syria has been rejected by his official spokesman.