U.S. says Syrian opposition head to finish his termSouce:Xinhua Publish By Thomas Whittle Updated 29/03/2013 1:25 pm in World / no comments
WASHINGTON, March 28 — The U.S. State Department said on Thursday that the head of exiled Syrian opposition coalition Moaz al-Khatib will finish his six-month term.
“Our understanding is that he has now said that he will fulfill his responsibilities,” said State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland. “He was named president for six months. That takes you a little while longer.”
Al-Khatib, who was elected in November, had previously said that he will step down as head of the exiled Syrian opposition coalition. His desire to resign came days after Syria’s exiled opposition groups last week elected Ghassan Hittoto as prime minister of the interim government.
But al-Khatib still showed up in this week’s Arab League summit held in Qatar’s Doha and took up Damascus’ seat at the meeting.
Nuland said that al-Khatib, Hittoto and other members of the opposition remained in dialogue with each other about “the best way forward.”
“We are emphasizing to all of them to remain unified, remain effective, and to keep their eye on the ball, which is to help the Syrian people now and to demonstrate how they can continue to help them achieve their aspirations in the future,” she told reporters.