US Secretary of State John Kerry embraces US Ambassador to Italy David Thorne, at Ciampino Airport, on February 27, 2013
US Secretary of State John Kerry embraces his long time friend, US Ambassador to Italy David Thorne, as he arrives at Ciampino Airport, on February 27, 2013 in Rome. Syria's opposition and foreign powers hold crucial talks in Rome on Thursday with Washington suggesting it is ready to boost support to rebels in their struggle against President Bashar al-Assad. © Jacquelyn Martin - Pool/AFP
US Secretary of State John Kerry embraces US Ambassador to Italy David Thorne, at Ciampino Airport, on February 27, 2013
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Last updated: February 28, 2013

US hints more support for Syria rebels at Rome talks

US, European and Arab officials gathered for the "Friends of Syria" meeting in Rome promised on Thursday to provide more concrete assistance to the opposition battling President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

"The ministers pledged more political and material support to the coalition... and to get more concrete assistance inside Syria," host country Italy said in a statement after the talks between 11 nations and the Syrian opposition.

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