Saudi Arabia and US to bolster support for Syrian opposition

In a bid to seek a political resolution to the four-year conflict, the United States and Saudi Arabia agreed to increase support to Syria’s moderate opposition, the U.S. State Department said after Secretary of State John Kerry met King Salman on Saturday.

Kerry was in Riyadh for meetings with the leadership.

“They pledged to continue and intensify support to the moderate Syrian opposition while the political track is being pursued,” the State Department statement said.

It did not, however, spell out what kind of support would be offered.
Rebels have appealed for more military support from foreign backers, including Saudi Arabia, to confront major Syrian army offensives. Those offensives are backed by Lebanese Hezbollah and Iranian fighters and Russian air strikes.