Hague: 'We will take further steps' to help Syria opposition

Rebel fighters take up positions at a trench in the village of Aziza, in the southern countryside of Aleppo. Credit: Reuters\Abdalrhman Ismail

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.

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'Friends of Syria' agree to support Assad opposition

The "Friends of Syria", an alliance of mainly Western and Gulf Arab countries who oppose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, has agreed to increase support for the moderate Syrian opposition.