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Germany: Westerwelle welcomes Syrian National Coalition leader00:43

Germany: Westerwelle welcomes Syrian National Coalition leader

Germany, Berlin
September 2, 2013 at 10:52 GMT +00:00 · Published

Germany: Westerwelle welcomes Syrian National Coalition leader

The German Foreign Minister, Guido Westerwelle, greeted the head of the opposition Syrian National Coalition, Ahmad Jarba, in Berlin on Monday. The welcome came ahead of a meeting expected to discuss the current situation in Syria, including the possibility for further development of German support the Syrian opposition forces.

Meanwhile United States President Barack Obama announced on Saturday that he would seek support from Congress before launching a military intervention in Syria, although he has stated the possiblity of going in without approval from the United Nations Security Council. The Obama administration maintains that the Syrian government was responsible for the chemical weapon attack in Ghouta, which reportedly left hundreds dead and injured on August 21.

The US would likely go in without an alliance with British forces, as a motion to support military action in Syria was rejected by British MPs during a vote in the House of Commons on August 29.

French President Francois Hollande has stated France will support military action in Syria, but has conceeded to pressure to consult the French Parliament, with a debate currently scheduled to take place Wednesday.

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Germany: Westerwelle welcomes Syrian National Coalition leader

The German Foreign Minister, Guido Westerwelle, greeted the head of the opposition Syrian National Coalition, Ahmad Jarba, in Berlin on Monday. The welcome came ahead of a meeting expected to discuss the current situation in Syria, including the possibility for further development of German support the Syrian opposition forces.

Meanwhile United States President Barack Obama announced on Saturday that he would seek support from Congress before launching a military intervention in Syria, although he has stated the possiblity of going in without approval from the United Nations Security Council. The Obama administration maintains that the Syrian government was responsible for the chemical weapon attack in Ghouta, which reportedly left hundreds dead and injured on August 21.

The US would likely go in without an alliance with British forces, as a motion to support military action in Syria was rejected by British MPs during a vote in the House of Commons on August 29.

French President Francois Hollande has stated France will support military action in Syria, but has conceeded to pressure to consult the French Parliament, with a debate currently scheduled to take place Wednesday.