Qatar, Turkey praise Syria unity deal, want int'l backing

November 11, 2012 23:02


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DOHA - Qatar's prime minister praised a US-backed deal to set up a new Syrian opposition umbrella group on Sunday and Turkey's foreign minister said international backers of the uprising against Bashar Assad had no excuse not to back the group.

"This work has ended but the next step is more important," Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim told reporters after the new Syrian National Coalition voted popular preacher Moaz al-Khatib as its head.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmed Davutoglu said the opposition was no longer divided and needed full backing.

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