Syria opposition seeks military support at Rome meeting

AMMAN Thu Feb 28, 2013 2:40am IST

Leading Syrian dissident Riad Seif (C) speaks to the media at the meeting of the General Assembly of the Syrian National Council in Doha November 8, 2012. REUTERS/Mohammed Dabbous/Files

Leading Syrian dissident Riad Seif (C) speaks to the media at the meeting of the General Assembly of the Syrian National Council in Doha November 8, 2012.

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AMMAN (Reuters) - The Syrian opposition will demand "qualitative military support" at an international conference in Rome to help in its struggle to oust President Bashar al-Assad, a leading Assad opponent said on Wednesday.

"We ask our friends to give us every backing to achieve gains on the ground and help reach a political solution from a position of strength, not weakness," Riad Seif of the Syrian National Coalition umbrella group told Reuters a day before a Friends of Syria conference in the Italian capital.

"We expect to receive political, humanitarian and qualitative military support," he said.

(Reporting by Khaled Yacoub Oweis, Amman newsroom; Editing by Michael Roddy)

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