US GRANTS SYRIAN OPPOSITION OFFICES DIPLOMATIC STATUS

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: Seeking to boost the embattled Syrian opposition, Washington on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) granted its US offices diplomatic status as the rebels’ political leader arrives to plead for arms to help end the three-year civil war. A delegation led by Ahmad Jarba, head of the Syrian National Coalition (SNC), began arriving on Sunday ahead of high-level talks this week with Secretary of State John Kerry and national security chief Susan Rice on his first official visit to the US since the SNC was set up in 2012. State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said Washington was announcing new measures “to empower the moderate Syrian opposition and to bolster its efforts to help” those in Syria.

AFP

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