Qatar-backed bloc says to rejoin Syrian opposition coalition

By REUTERS
March 9, 2014 22:31

AMMAN - A large bloc supported by Qatar that left Syria's opposition National Coalition has reversed its decision and wants to rejoin, setting the scene for confrontation with the group's Saudi-backed president, opposition sources said on Sunday.

The 40 members, who withdrew from the 120-member coalition before Syrian peace talks began in Geneva in January, said they had returned to confront what they saw as their unfair exclusion from the decision making process.

Infighting within the opposition coalition has undermined rebel efforts to take on forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad, and has also played into the hands of rival, more hardline militant outfits which include some foreigners.


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