Report: Syrian opposition chief met with U.S. officials in Amman
The head of Syria’s foreign-backed opposition has reportedly met with U.S. officials in Jordan’s capital.
Citing an unnamed source, the Al Ghad newspaper published in Jordan, said Ahmad Jarba, the head of the so-called Syrian National Coalition (SNC), met with Jordan’s officials and a number of senior U.S. military officials in Amman on February 26, and discussed U.S. proposals for the resolution of Syria’s crisis following the futility of the Geneva II talks.
U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Anne Patterson has said there is no end to Syria’s crisis. She has also said she would meet with a number of Syrian oppositionists in her visit to Jordan.
The second round of talks between delegations representing the Syrian government and the foreign-backed opposition in the Swiss city of Geneva deadlocked on February 15 with both sides sticking to their positions.
The Syrian delegation said fighting terrorism should be the top priority, but the opposition insisted that formation of a transitional government and resignation of President Bashar al-Assad must come first.
Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since March 2011. Millions have been displaced due to the turmoil.
According to reports, the Western powers and their regional allies -- Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey -- are supporting the militants operating inside Syria.
Meanwhile, UN-Arab League Special Representative for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi will report to the UN Security Council next month, a UN spokesman has said.
Martin Nesirky has said that Brahimi would brief the UN Security Council sometime during the week of March 10-16.
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