Syrian rebels to court US and EU officials in Istanbul
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US and European officials are to meet Syria’s main rebel fighting force, the Free Syrian Army (FSA), in Turkey at the weekend, when leader Salim Idriss is expected to plead for more help in their fight against the Bashar al-Assad regime.
The Syrian rebels will ask Western countries for weapons, a no fly zone, and to push Russia to remove Iranian and Hezbollah fighters inside Syria, at a meeting to be held in Istanbul at the weekend.
The meeting will come ahead of next week’s G-8 meeting, where the Syrian crisis will top the agenda.
Western officials will meet the commander of the Syrian armed opposition Free Syrian Army (FSA), Salim Idris, on June 15 in Turkey to discuss new aid, diplomats said.
Louay al-Mokdad, the political and media coordinator of the FSA, confirmed the meeting to the Hürriyet Daily News.