Syrian opposition leader holds 1st meeting with Arab League chief since getting seat

2013-04-02 17:35:26 GMT2013-04-03 01:35:26(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

CAIRO, April 2 (Xinhua) -- Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi met Tuesday with head of exiled Syrian national coalition Moaz al- Khatib in Cairo for the first time since the opposition umbrella group took Syria's seat at the pan-Arab bloc, official news agency MENA reported.

Khatib said their meeting focused on the latest developments of the Syrian issue but stopped short of giving any more details.

The coalition was officially granted Syria's seat at the Arab League at its recent summit in the Qatari capital of Doha. The League also granted its member states the right to provide the coalition with "all means of self-defense," including arms.

Shortly before the summit began, Khatib announced his resignation as leader of the coalition, citing frustration with the "slackness" of the international community in its support for the Syrian people's revolt against President Bashar al-Assad.

However, he later had to freeze his decision to resign due to the coalition' rejection and led a delegation to the Doha summit, where he demanded expansion of NATO's Patriot defense system to protect the rebels fighting the government troops in northern Syria.

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