Syria opposition to make Cairo its HQ

November 19, 2012, Monday/ 15:51:00/ REUTERS

Syria's new opposition coalition has decided to make Egypt its headquarters, the president of the body was quoted as saying by Egypt's official news agency on Monday.

Mouaz Alkhatib, head of the Syrian National Coalition for Opposition and Revolutionary Forces, was speaking after a meeting with Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Amr in Cairo.

“There is a decision by the coalition to make Egypt its main headquarters,” the MENA news agency quoted him as saying.

A short statement released by the Egyptian Foreign Ministry after the meeting made no reference to whether the new Syrian opposition body would move to Cairo.

“The minister expressed Egypt's readiness to offer all means of assistance to the Syrian coalition in the coming period,” it said. 

The former headquarters of the Syrian National Council (SNC) are located in İstanbul. Backed by the Turkish government, the opposition group held several events in Turkey's largest city and intensified its efforts to broaden its coalition against the Bashar al-Assad regime.

Turkey, a critical opponent of Damascus and one of strongest backers of the SNC, held a “Friends of Syria” meeting in April and was the venue for various events organized by the opposition.

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