AMMAN - The Friends of Syrian alliance called on Iran and its
Lebanese Hezbollah ally on Thursday to withdraw fighters immediately from Syrian
territory and described their armed presence in the country as a threat to
In a communique issued after a meeting in Amman, the
alliance said any transitional government in Syria being proposed as a core of a
U.S. and Russian peace initiative must have authority over the army and the
executive, which are now in President Bashar Assad's hands.
of 11 Western and Arab nations, as well as Turkey, which constitute the core
group of the alliance, also warned of "severe consequences" if use of chemical
weapons by Assad's forces is confirmed.