The Gulf Cooperation Council said Monday its six member states have decided to recognise the newly formed National Coalition of the Syrian opposition as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people.
“The states of the council announce recognising the National Coalition for the Forces of the Syrian Revolution and Opposition… as the legitimate representative of the brotherly Syrian people,” GCC chief Abdullatif al-Zayani said in a statement.
The GCC comprises Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar and Kuwait.
Limited UK intervention in Syria possible – head of united opposition
Head of the Syrian opposition’s National Coalition Mahmoud al-Hamza has made a statement saying the UK may consider intervening into Syria in a limited way.
“Everything has been leading to this but we have no details yet,” he said.
Mr. Hamza didn’t say if he knew anything about a concrete srategy the West may pursue in its military intervention.
NATO will defend Turkey against attacks from Syria – Rasmussen
NATO’s Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has assured Turkey that the alliance will defend them against possible attacks from across the Syrian border and welcomed the decision of the Syrian opposition to form a new coalition.
“NATO as an organization will do what it takes to protect and defend Turkey, our ally. We have more plans in place to make sure that we can protect and defend Turkey and hopefully that way also deter so that attacks on Turkey will not take place,” Rasmussen said at a meeting in Prague on Monday.
Rasmussen has not commented on Turkey’s request about possible deployment of Patriot surface-to-air missiles, though.
The NATO chief also said the Syrian opposition’s decision to form a new coalition agreed at the weekend in Doha was “at least one big step forward”.
“A split opposition is of course a problem so we need a more inclusive and more united opposition,” he said.