The Obama administration gave approval Monday for the ‘Syrian opposition’ to open a formal diplomatic mission in the United States and said it would increase ‘non-lethal’ assistance to the opposition by $27 million ($287 million since the conflict began three years ago).
The steps announced by the State Department give the ‘Syrian Opposition’ Council’s offices in Washington and New York formal diplomatic status and boost total U.S. assistance to the ‘opposition’ to $287 million since the conflict began three years ago. The moves come at a critical time in the conflict as Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government has made recent battlefield gains and is planning presidential elections in June.
The administration has recognized the ‘opposition council’ as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people in December 2012, but its U.S. offices had been recognized only as informal liaison bureaus until Monday.
The Washington office won’t be considered an embassy, or…
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