Syrian opposition leader Moaz al-Khatib resigns

Moaz al-Khatib discussed Syria's future with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Rome in February. Credit: REUTERS/Remo Casilli

The head of the Western-backed Syrian National Coalition Moaz al-Khatib has announced his resignation, saying in a statement he had taken the step so he could "work with freedom".

"I had promised the great Syrian people and promised God that I would resign if matters reached some red lines," the rebel leader said in a statement posted on his official Facebook page. He did not explain what had prompted his resignation.

"Now I am fulfilling my promise and announcing my resignation from the National Coalition in order to be able to work with freedom that cannot be available within the official institutions," he added.