ANKARA, June 21 (Xinhua) -- The talks between the Syrian rebels and Western officials in Turkey last weekend ended without any concrete fruits, Turkish Daily News reported Friday.
U.S. representatives and officials from other Western countries held meetings with Salim Idris, commander of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) last weekend, focusing on further supporting the FSA, including offering weapons, said the report.
However, Louay al-Mokdad, political and media coordinator of the FSA, indicated to reporters after the meetings that the talks failed to make any progress on giving more military aid to the rebels.
The armed Syrian rebels had asked the West to provide weapons and establish a no-fly zone to support their battles against the Syrian government troops.
BERLIN, June 19 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday refused to specify U.S. military support for the Syrian rebels but reiterated that the Syrian government forces had used chemical weapons in the civil war.
"I cannot and will not comment on specifics on our programs related to the Syrian opposition," Obama said at a press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, adding that Washington was confident that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons and it was not possible for President Bashar al-Assad to regain legitimacy.Full story
LOUGH ERNE, United Kingdom, June 18 (Xinhua) -- The G8 summit closed here on Tuesday amid consensuses, compromises and differences over various issues, in particular the Syria crisis this time.
Whatsoever, all the G8 members hoped the Syria issue could be solved, and British Prime Minister David Cameron, the host of this summit, called on all parties to implement their consensus to help Syria end its domestic conflict.Full story