Syria's opposition leaders lobby Paris for advanced weapons

July 23, 2013 23:10

PARIS - Syria's opposition coalition said on Tuesday it still did not have enough sophisticated weapons to turn the tide against forces loyal to President Bashar Assad and would try to convince Paris to provide more military help.

Speaking ahead of a visit to the United States and the United Nations on Friday, newly elected Syrian National Coalition (SNC) leader Ahmed al-Jarba and rebel military commander General Salim Idriss were in Paris to meet French officials including President Francois Hollande.

"Weapons are one of our objectives," Jarba told reporters after appearing before the French foreign affairs committee. "France has an essential role ... we are asking it for a diplomatic, humanitarian and military aid."

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