Saudi foreign minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal on Tuesday praised the unity of Syrian opposition factions, saying this became “the most important step which has finally happened.”
The foreign minister, who spoke in a press conference in Riyadh, described the Syrian oppositional coalition as a “positive step forward.”
Syria’s new opposition coalition created a new executive body at a meeting in Cairo on Friday, less than a month after the group came into being with Western and Arab support.
France, Britain, Turkey and Gulf Arab states have already recognized the coalition as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people.
Prince Al-Faisal announced that a Saudi delegation would attend the “Friends of Syria” meeting later this month.
The 4th Friends of Syria conference will be held in Marrakech in central Morocco on Dec. 12, in an attempt to increase pressure on the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
The National Coalition for the Opposition Forces, which was formed by Syrian opposition groups early November in the Qatari capital of Doha, as well as more than 100 senior government officials from “Friends of Syria Group” countries supporting the Syrian opposition will attend the meeting.
The Saudi minister also discussed the United Nations winning bid last week for observer status, saying that he hopes the U.N. would “consider the majority’s decision on Palestine and end Israeli policy of delaying matters.”