February 27, 2013 / 9:14 PM / 4 years ago

Syria opposition seeks military support at Rome meeting

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.Mohammed Dabbous/Files

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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