Obama emphasizes US commitment to Syrian rebels

By REUTERS
July 13, 2013 02:39




WASHINGTON- President Barack Obama told Saudi Arabia's king on Friday that he is committed to providing US support to Syrian rebels who have been waiting for shipments of light arms that have been stalled in Washington.

In a phone call, Obama and King Abdullah also discussed events in Egypt a week after the Egyptian military ousted elected President Mohamed Morsi.

No US arms have reached the Syrian rebels, who are struggling to hold back an offensive by the Syrian government. The American weapons have been caught in a Washington impasse as some members of the US Congress fear the arms will end up in the hands of Islamist militants.

A White House statement said the two leaders discussed the civil war in Syria and expressed strong concerns about the impact of the conflict on the region.

"The president emphasized the United States' continued commitment to provide support to the Syrian Opposition Coalition and the Supreme Military Council to strengthen the opposition," the statement said.


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