BEIJING, Nov. 13 (Xinhuanet) -- The Gulf Cooperation Council has said it will recognize Syria's newly formed opposition coalition as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people.
Syrian opposition groups struck a deal in Doha on Sunday to form a broad coalition to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad.
Earlier on Monday, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen praised the agreement as an important step forward. At a meeting of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Prague, Rasmussen said the situation in Syria could be addressed by a political solution and that NATO was not going to intervene in Syria. He added, however, NATO will do what it takes to protect and defend Turkey, its ally.
Turkey and Syria have been exchanging fire sporadically on the border for many days since a mortar shell from the Syrian side fell on Oct. 3 in the Turkish border town of Akcakale in Sanliurfa province and killed five Turks.
Meanwhile, the Russian Foreign Ministry said that Russia would stay in touch with both the Syrian government and the opposition while urging them to end the prolonged crisis.