Syria opposition requests more support from Saudi leadership
Jarba has requested that Saudi Arabia provide more support to the rebel Free Syrian Army in their fight against the Assad regime, as well as ISIL (File Archive/AFP)
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Syria's main opposition coalition has requested more aid and support from Saudi Arabia for the rebel Free Syrian Army, according to Agence France Presse.
Syria opposition leader Ahmed Jarba, who is the head of the Syrian opposition National Coalition, made the request while meting with Saudi Crown Pince Salman bin Abdulaziz and Foreign MInister Prince Saud Al Faisal Tuesday.
"The talks [between Jarba and his Saudi counterparts] focused on continuing the Saudi aid and on the need to strengthen the capacities of the Free Syrian Army (FSA)," Jarba's advisor Monser Akbik told AFP.
Saudi Arabia has served as the opposition's primary financial backer since the start of the war three years ago.
However, the opposition has cited the "intensifying military and economic aid Russia and Iran" are providing to Assad's regime as reason for the need for more support from Riyadh.
Akbik also added that more aid is needed "to face the increasing number of mercenaries and militias belonging to (Lebanese movement) Hezbollah and Iraqis [fighting alongside the Syrian regime]."
Jarba also discussed the proposed June presidential elections in Syria with his Saudi counterparts, echoing earlier statements from various international bodies and world leaders that the eletion is a "farce" that will undermine-if not end-efforts to end the conflict.
At least 150,000 people have been killed in the ongoing conflict and millions more have been displaced from their homes since March 2011.
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