Qatar: Friends of Syria agree on ‘secret’ measures to arm rebels

Speaking at a Friends of Syria meeting in Doha, Kerry said Assad has escalated the situation in Syria by seeking support from Iran and Hezbollah fighters. (Al Arabiya)

Western and Arab countries opposed to the Syrian regime agreed on “secret” measures to change the military balance in Syria in favor of the rebel forces, Qatar’s prime minister said on Saturday.

Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem al-Thani spoke at the end of a “friend of Syria” meeting of “secret decisions about practical measures to change the situation on the ground in Syria,” AFP reported.

“Most countries, except for two, are agreed on how to provide assistance to the rebels through the Military Council,” he said, without naming the two dissenting states.

The 11 main countries which form the “Friends of Syria” coalition agrees “to provide urgently all the necessary materiel and equipment to the opposition on the ground, each country in its own way in order to enable them to counter brutal attacks by the regime and its allies,” according to Reuters.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius the meeting called on Hezbollah and Iran to immediately end their intervention in Syria.

Fighters from Hezbollah and Iran have been deployed in Syria and have helped embattled President Bashar al-Assad to gain ground against the opposition in recent weeks.

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