Qatar calls for recognizing Syrian opposition

CAIRO - Qatar, which has led efforts to isolate President Bashar Assad, told Arab ministers on Saturday it was time to recognize the Syrian opposition as the nation's legitimate representative.
Arabs and Western states have till now held off from recognizing the opposition Syrian National Council, in part because diplomats have said it has not always shown a united front and it was not clear whether it could command the support of Syrians on the ground who have led street protests.
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