BEIJING, Nov. 14 (Xinhuanet) -- European and Arab Foreign Ministers have concluded a meeting at which they discussed the crisis in Syria, and called for joint efforts to end the violence.
Six Gulf Arab states earlier recognised the new opposition coalition as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people. But the Ministers who met at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo did not offer official recognition to the coalition, as some reports indicated they might, but did call the formation of a new umbrella group a positive step.
Meanwhile, France has become the first European nation to recognize Syria’s newly formed opposition coalition. A harsh critic of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, France has previously ruled out arming rebel forces. But French President Francois Hollande suggested this stance may now change.
Francois Hollande, French President, said,"On the question of supplying weapons, France was not in favour as long as it was not certain that such arms would get to where they’re actually needed and desirable. Now that there’s a legitimate Syrian government, this issue will necessarily be re-examined, not just by France but by all countries which recognize this government."