13 Nov 2012

Gulf states recognise Syrian opposition group

9:28 am on 13 November 2012

Six Gulf states say they recognise a new Syrian opposition coalition as the 'legitimate representative' of Syria.

A National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces was announced in Doha on Sunday. Moaz al-Khatib, 52, a former imam of the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus who fled Syria this year, will be its president.

The aim of the coalition is to unite the various factions seeking to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad.

The BBC reports it is now recognised by the Gulf Cooperation Council, which comprises Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar and Kuwait.