Saudi FM to Kerry: 'Syria can only be considered occupied land'
Syria can only be considered as an “occupied land,” Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal said on Tuesday during a press meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. (File photo / Al Bawaba)
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Al-Faisal described the intervention of Iran and Hezbollah in Syria as dangerous, saying the opposition forces must be offered military help to defend themselves.
Saudi Arabia "cannot be silent" about Iranian intervention, al-Faisal added and called for a resolution to ban arms flow to the Syrian government.
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Kerry headed Tuesday to Saudi Arabia in hopes of coordinating support for Syria’s opposition fighters amid fears that a prolonged civil war will embolden extremists.
Kerry will spend several hours in the western city of Jeddah consulting with the leadership of the oil-rich monarchy, which has been outspoken in its opposition to embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, according to AFP.
President Barack Obama is cautious about deeper U.S. involvement in the increasingly sectarian conflict but has vowed to step up support for the rebels after concluding that Assad defied warnings and used chemical weapons, according to AFP.