Syrian National Coalition chief Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib on February 11, 2013
Syrian National Coalition chief Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib, pictured here on February 11, 2013, said Monday that the Syrian opposition will attend the Friends of Syria conference in Rome this week, after an earlier decision to boycott the meeting. © Khaled Desouki - AFP/File
Syrian National Coalition chief Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib on February 11, 2013
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Last updated: February 25, 2013

Syrian opposition to attend Rome summit

Syrian National Coalition chief Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib said Monday that the Syrian opposition will attend the Friends of Syria conference in Rome this week, after an earlier decision to boycott the meeting.

In a statement on his Facebook page Khatib said his group will go to Rome for Thursday's meeting after US Secretary of State John Kerry and British Foreign Secretary William Hague "promised specific aid to alleviate the suffering of our people."

The Coalition had announced on Saturday its intention to withdraw from the 11-nation meeting in Rome and to cancel planned visits to Washington and Moscow in protest at the "international silence" over "crimes committed against the Syrian people."

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